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

Business leaders worried over fall in UK migration

Latest figures showing a substantial fall in net migration to the UK have raised concerns among companies about the possibilities of a growing exodus of EU workers because of Brexit.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – CIPD

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Apprentices struggle to find time to study, says Open University

New research from The Open University launched at the CIPD Learning and Development Show finds employers could do more to support apprentices and gain from the process.
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CIPD Learning and Development Show 2017: Learning at the core

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, hosted its annual learning and development (L&D) show on 10-11 May at London’s Olympia.
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‘Good work’ must be at heart of next government’s thinking: CIPD

Extending rights for workers on zero-hours contracts, reforming corporate governance, and putting skills at the centre of an industrial strategy are key planks of the CIPD’s Manifesto for Work, published today.

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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

Employment outlook robust but pay will be hit – CIPD

Employment outlook robust but pay will be hit – CIPD

A new survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) shows that British companies expect pay rises to run at just one per cent in the coming year, equating to a fall in pay.

City of London ‘jobs spurt’ despite Brexit uncertainty

Fears over Brexit and the likelihood of offices relocating to other cities in Europe have done nothing to dampen the jobs market in London’s financial sector, according to an employment report.
Vacancies and employment levels at record highs in UK

Vacancies and employment levels at record highs in UK

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the number of people in employment is at its highest level since 1971 and a record number of job vacancies are also being reported.

Training

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Apprentices struggle to find time to study, says Open University

New research from The Open University launched at the CIPD Learning and Development Show finds employers could do more to support apprentices and gain from the process.
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RES Forum launches mobile HR Learning Lab

RES Forum and Knowledge Anywhere have joined forces to deliver a virtual education programme for HR and mobility professionals.
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Government should seize moment to raise skills ambitions: CIPD

The professional body for HR and people development’s response to the government's Industrial Strategy green paper notes the UK lags behind the most of Europe on at least four key measures, including literacy and numeracy, learning and development, and digital skills.

Workforce

Pay worries despite lowest unemployment rate in four decades

Pay worries despite lowest unemployment rate in four decades

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that unemployment in the UK has fallen to its lowest rate in 42 years whilst the number of people in work has hit an all-time high.
UK labour market 'facing variety of challenges'

UK labour market 'facing variety of challenges'

A new report from the EY Item Club warns that Brexit, technological change, demographics and government policy could disrupt the UK labour market in the years ahead, changing the business environment.
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New report 'dispels myth' of motherhood’s impact on careers

A new study from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) finds the role of corporate culture outweighs that of motherhood in determining female representation at senior levels.

Employment Law

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No post-Brexit bonfire of employment law needed: CIPD study

New research from the CIPD shows most employers support the UK’s current EU-based employment rights framework. The study dampens fears of the need for wholesale change post-Brexit.
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RSA proposes gig work charter

With its chief executive, Matthew Taylor, set to report to government in the summer, the RSA has published new research and recommendations on gig working in the UK.
Blue cards 'route into EU for Britons after Brexit'

Blue cards 'route into EU for Britons after Brexit'

Skilled Britons will still be able to work in European Union countries after the UK leaves the bloc, by using the 'Blue Card' visa system currently being modified by Brussels, a report has claimed.

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