Why Does a Project Management Job have Different Rates of Pay?

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We have had a number of questions recently asking why some roles on the Arras People job board are posted with different day rates. The simple answer is that the changes implemented by the UK Government in April 2017 regarding off-payroll workers in the Public sector means that we have to do this. To re-cap, …

BBC Pay and Lessons for Project Management Professionals

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Like many others I was interested and fascinated when the BBC, for the first time, published payments made from licence fee revenue to people working under a contract for services; specifically, those paid £150,000 or more were included. The resulting commotion across the TV, Radio, Newspapers, Twitter etc has been interesting to follow and for …

Higher Apprenticeships are now a route to a Project Management Career

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Until recently the most typical route into a career in project management was to study for a university degree, work in your chosen industry for some years building up skills and experience and then progress to project management – usually in the same industry – and gain some PM qualifications en-route. The vast majority of …

Managing Your First Strategic Initiative

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Strategic initiatives aren’t the same as typical projects—they tend to be considerably more complex and at times have hands on involvement from the top-level of management in the business. Dependent on the type of project being tackled the involvement and engagement of executive stakeholders varies. For a project like rolling out a new windows operating …

Overcoming Annual Planning with Adaptability

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Empowering the PMO to Be the Change-Maker Is your PMO cultivating a blame-free culture? Maybe, your enterprise is too mired in the traditional constraints of being over-worked and over-burdened to leave space for creativity and better decision-making. Let’s face it, traditional project management tends to hinder adaptability. If your goal is to promote collaboration, drive …

5 Common Project Reporting Mistakes to Avoid

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A report is described as a document with key information covering a specific time period, and communicated in oral or written form. Or, more commonly, the bane of every project manager’s life! Between gathering data, accommodating the needs of every stakeholder, formatting, and getting the document distributed on time – project reports are often a …

Project Management Careers Q&A – Becoming a Business Agile Coach

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I have been in practice with Agile, particularly Scrum, Kanban and XP, and I am looking to become an Agile Coach. I am currently certified as a CSM and CSPO. While I have a great understanding of guiding from a “bottom-up” perspective, I am very interested in coaching from a “top-down” point of view. I …