The January 2016 edition of Professional Jeweller is available to read online now, featuring a striking cover image from German-owned, Italian-designed fine jewellery brand Elaine Firenze.
This month’s special HR-focused issue launches Professional Jeweller’s very first exclusive salary survey of the UK jewellery industry.
Our hope is that the fresh and unique data from the salary survey will help you going forward into the New Year and pinpoint the key factors that are motivating staff and shaping movement within the jewellery industry job market.
You’ll find lots of great insights from the survey in a special six-page report starting on p26, highlighting the key employment trends unique to the jewellery trade and the job expectations of employees going into 2016.
To stay on a theme of empowering your business by empowering your staff, elsewhere in this HR-focused issue we have looked into the Workplace Pensions Act (p32) and highlighted the most important things that you need to know to stay on the right side of the law, as well as addressing common misconceptions. We also speak to multiple retailer F. Hinds, which as a larger company was one of the first in our industry to complete the process of auto enrolling staff into a pension scheme. Then on p37 you will find our round up of the retail training available to the UK jewellery industry in the next 12 months, while from p41 we expose all the complications surrounding passing on your business to the next generation in a feature on succession planning, which is a seriously hot topic in the jewellery industry right now.
It’s not all about looking ahead though, we’ve also taken a moment to review the past 12 months to see what we, as an industry, have learned (p18). Also in this issue we’ve interviewed John Lewis head of buying for accessories Camilla Rowe about its plans to extend its jewellery offer and an ongoing partnership the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter (p23); explored the trend for diamonds designed to be worn in the day time (p52) and spoken to the distributor of Italian brand Elaine Firenze about why the UK market is now so accepting of 14ct gold (p48).
Finally, for those of you looking for something to read in your spare time, we’ve published an extract from new book Cartier Dazzling (p50) that considers the brand’s ability to be eclectic whilst maintain a signature style.