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    Upskill and level up your career in 2020

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    New research from recruitment specialist Hays has highlighted a big skills gap for employers looking to recruit PAs & EAs – PA Life’s Online Courses will ensure you’re fully equipped…

    Did you know that skills shortages are still rife for employers of PAs and EAs? According to new research by recruitment specialist Hays, more than four in five companies (86 per cent) say that they have experienced some form of skills shortage over the past year. And for 57 per cent of them, these shortages were moderate to extreme.

    Furrthermore, the Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 guide found that such shortages look set to continue into the year ahead, as 60 per cent believe their top challenge when recruiting over the next 12 months will be a shortage of suitable applicants. 

    When it comes to the skills in demand, soft skills in particular are required by employers of PAs and EAs. The soft skills most in demand by three quarters of employers (75 per cent) are:

    – Communication and interpersonal skills – 75%)

    – People management skills – 57%

    – Good coordination with others – 55%

    But, happily, PAs and EAs recognise this demand, with more than three quarters (80 per cent) actively developing their soft skills in order to progress their career.

    And thanks to PA Life’s collaboration with leading online learning specialist New Skills Academy, readers are able to upskill throughout the next 12 months via a high value, low cost bundle.

    Available via the PA Life website and specially curated by an expert team, there are more than 100 courses available to help develop your career – and yourself. And the list covers those areas highlighted by the Hays research as being lacking within some businesses, including:-

    • Communications Techniques for Managers

    • Conflict in the Workplace

    • Essential Skills for First-Time Managers

    • How to Manage Virtual Teams

    • Inspirational Leadership

    • Managing Teams

    Other areas within the bundle of 100 courses include Human Resources,, Microsoft Office 365, Finance, Health & Safety, Event Management, Project Management, Social Media, Employment Law and more.

    If bought individually, these courses would cost £890. But PA Life readers can buy the entire bundle of 100 courses for just £225, including VAT.

    And if you join the PA Life Club – www.palifeclub.co.uk – as a VIP member, you can buy them for just £99! What are you waiting for?

    Access to these courses will be yours for a whole year, with more choice being added all the time. The courses are constantly updated and refreshed with new information and training, so you’ll always be ahead of the curve.

    To view the full list of courses and to start learning, visit www.palife.co.uk/course-bundle.

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    Stuart O'Brien

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