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AboutKATE SOUTHAM, Author at PeopleBiz



Blogger and coach Kate Southam has specialised in employment and careers for more than a decade. Kate is a regular commentator on employment matters for a range of media. She has appeared on Sky News, Today, Sunrise, The Project as well as a wide range of radio shows around the country. While at news, Kate’s weekly advice column, Ask Kate appeared online and in more than 100 newspapers. While at News Corp Kate also wrote articles for a range of HR, recruitment and business publications plus a blog on work matters for called Cube Farmer. More recently she has co-authored a book on job hunting for Wiley and provided articles or commentary to the, Thomason Reuters, the Mamamia network, 2UE, 4BC, 3AW and Kidspot to name a few. She is also a ghostwriter for a number of recruitment, business and HR experts. Kate started her career as a journalist and has worked for the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Radio, the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and as a freelancer in London. Twitter @KateSoutham


Letter from the Editor of PeopleBiz

November 16, 2015 |

Our thoughts at PeopleBiz are with all the people of France after the deadly attacks of November 14. It is hard to imagine the task that confronts many HR managers in the coming weeks of providing support to those injured, … Read More

Mindful meditation for UK public sector employees

November 16, 2015 |

Health sector, education and criminal justice employees are among those to benefit from a new government initiative to boost productivity through mindful meditation.

Mindful meditation courses will be made available to nearly 600,000 workers vulnerable to experiencing depression. The program … Read More

Letter from the Editor of PeopleBiz

October 20, 2015 |

So much of what we need to manage in this day and age is about change. Disruption is everywhere and just when you think you’ve seen it all in your sector, something new comes out of left field.

I enjoyed … Read More

Gender pay gap is number one issue

October 20, 2015 |

There is nothing like a beautiful young actress speaking out to attract attention to an issue.

Jennifer Lawrence – Hunger Games, Amercian Hustle – is still making headlines after speaking out about how male actors are still paid more than … Read More

How to benefit from a mental health first aid course

October 3, 2015 |

When I was a young reporter in Hong Kong in the 1980s I interviewed the head of an American bank about the bank’s support for the territory’s first “executive stress clinic.”

The man behind the clinic, British psychiatrist Dr Bill … Read More

Dads want time with bubs too

September 21, 2015 |

When I have interviewed big employers like the Commonwealth Bank, Ernst & Young and Westpac about flexible work and leave policies I have often heard them express surprise at how many men want to access these parental policies.

Australia’s paid … Read More

Swan song for Broderick but hopefully not for gender equality

September 7, 2015 |

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has had a busy round of farewell media interviews and events culminating in an address to the National Press Club in Canberra on September 4.

During her seven years in the job, Ms. Broderick did … Read More

What is your silence costing you?

August 24, 2015 |


When I came back to Australia after many years overseas I applied for all the journalist jobs I could find including a Researcher role at 60 Minutes.

At that stage I had zero experience in broadcasting but had a … Read More

Money matters: Do you treat men and women differently?

August 7, 2015 |

Do you ask female candidates and employees questions about money you don’t ask men? When putting together a candidate shortlist, is gender diversity a factor? Do you believe you pay men and women equally for doing the same work but … Read More