Human Resources

The Human Resources department (other names for which include Human Capital and the now old-fashioned Personnel) has a broad remit that generally includes recruitment, payroll and benefits, redundancies and outplacement, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations in such areas as immigration, tax and social security. Talent management may also form part of it.

In all but large multinational companies, which employ HR global mobility specialists, responsibility for the management of international assignments often falls to HR managers, whether they are in a generalist role or a compensation and benefits department. Read more

HR managers must possess wide-ranging skills and knowledge if they are to ensure their companies are compliant in their management of international relocations and the various international assignment services that support operations overseas. They need up-to-date information on immigration, expatriate tax and benefits, social security and international pensions, with an awareness of the health and security threats their international assignees may face. Duty of care is an issue that no company can afford to neglect.

This section provides the news, articles, tools and advice needed by HR managers, whether or not they are managing international assignments and relocations. With contributions from experts, including the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it covers employment law, procurement, recruitment, training and development, new technology to help make HR’s job easier – and more.

For detailed coverage of specific topics, see our International Assignments, Immigration, Global Health and Wellness, Talent Management and Technology sections. For details of organisations in the global mobility industry that provide international assignment services, see our Directory. Read less

Latest Human Resources News

Plunge in number of EU citizens seeking work in Britain

Plunge in number of EU citizens seeking work in Britain

Research by job site Indeed.com has revealed that the number of Europeans seeking work in the UK has fallen substantially this year as uncertainty over the result of Brexit negotiations looms large.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – CIPD

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CIPD gig economy study sets stage for Taylor Review

As the government prepares to review current employment practices, new research offers insight into the size of the gig economy and highlights the need for greater clarity over employment rights.
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Industrial strategy ‘deeply disappointing on skills’: BEIS committee

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee has criticised Prime Minister Theresa May’s high-profile industrial strategy green paper for its lack of a long-term plan.
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CIPD advises firms to review HR polices for aging workforce

New research from the CIPD suggests people are preparing to stay longer in the workforce, but that employers are currently underprepared to support them effectively.

Procurement

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WERC London Summit 2017: Immigration – moving with the times

With ongoing uncertainty around Brexit, and now President Trump’s evolving views on immigration, Charlotte Slocombe, US attorney at global immigration partners, Fragomen, spoke to 'Re:locate' to discuss how to manage the flux.
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‘No great difference’ between expat and local managers in China

New research published by the LSE investigates the pros and cons of multinational companies using local versus expat managers in China.
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Company values a 'deal-breaker' for job candidates

Half of UK professionals would consider turning down job offers from companies that don’t share their purpose, according to LinkedIn research.

Recruitment

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‘Confidence returning’ to oil and gas recruitment: study

A review of the energy sector jobs market suggests rebounding oil prices will see talent demand pick up again after the past two years’ contraction.
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Bigger new year jobs rush meets buyers’ market

The latest TotalJobs Employment Index suggests a higher-than-usual peak in people resolving to land a new job in 2017.
Foreign hiring curbs worrying UK jobs market

Foreign hiring curbs worrying UK jobs market

The latest recruitment survey by IHS Markit and REC has found increases in both permanent staff placements and employee vacancies, with the highest demand in the engineering and IT sectors.

Training

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Industrial strategy ‘deeply disappointing on skills’: BEIS committee

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee has criticised Prime Minister Theresa May’s high-profile industrial strategy green paper for its lack of a long-term plan.
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UK must double China exports to offset 10% drop to EU: study

The extent of UK cities’ reliance on Europe for income and wealth creation earned via exports is revealed in a new report from the Centre for Cities.
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UK CEOs concerned about soaring employee skill gap

The latest PwC CEO survey highlights the likelihood of skills shortages by 2022. The Open University focuses on the need for education. And Jaguar Land Rover invests in training for future generations.

Workforce

Plunge in number of EU citizens seeking work in Britain

Plunge in number of EU citizens seeking work in Britain

Research by job site Indeed.com has revealed that the number of Europeans seeking work in the UK has fallen substantially this year as uncertainty over the result of Brexit negotiations looms large.
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Mid-life pension MOTs on road to longer working lives

Former CBI Director-General John Cridland has published his review into the State Pension Age (SPA). It recommends raising the SPA, options for people unable to work in later life and mid-career pensions planning advice.
Relocation and automation – answers to immigration curbs?

Relocation and automation – answers to immigration curbs?

Immigration restrictions expected to be introduced after Brexit will leave UK companies competing for an ever-reducing pool of overseas workers, according to a report from global consultants Mercer.

Employment Law

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New study calls for ‘glocal’ approach to employment regulation

A white paper from global employment industry representative body World Employment Confederation (WEC) is calling for international cooperation to adjust labour regulations.
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Appeal ruling opens UK employment law to British expats

British expats may be able to use UK employment law following a ruling by the EAT, with potential implications for HR departments.
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Singapore – Forthcoming higher minimum salary requirement for employment pass applications

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore has announced an increase in the minimum qualifying salary for Employment Pass (EP) applications, with effect from 1 January 2017.

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