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

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – CIPD

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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.
Guides published for gender pay reporting and apprentice levy

Guides published for gender pay reporting and apprentice levy

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has produced guidance for employers facing the apprenticeship levy and the new gender pay gap reporting which come into force in April 2017.
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CIPD offers advice for firms preparing for Brexit

The CIPD is advising businesses and HR to think about the future and lay the groundwork for future workforce planning post-2019 through risk analysis, considering the recruitment proposition and ensuring capability.

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

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.
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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.
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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.

Training

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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.
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How can mobility benefit from microlearning?

Ahead of the CIPD’s Learning and Development Show in London on 10-11 May 2017, Relocate caught up with consultant, author and speaker Clive Shepherd to find out how ‘bite-sized’ learning could be applied in global mobility.
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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.

Workforce

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Internal mobility key to addressing skills gaps, says research

A study of 3,000 senior HR professionals by Alexander Mann Solutions finds 25 per cent believe lateral hiring is a company’s best weapon for talent retention in the immediate future.
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Learning and development top HR priority for next 12 months

HR subscription service XpertHR’s annual HR roles and responsibilities survey finds professionals are focusing most on workforce upskilling.
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New advice targets root of STEM skill shortages

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and trade union Prospect have published new guidance for science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM) employers looking to attract a more diverse talent pool.

Employment Law

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.
Guides published for gender pay reporting and apprentice levy

Guides published for gender pay reporting and apprentice levy

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has produced guidance for employers facing the apprenticeship levy and the new gender pay gap reporting which come into force in April 2017.
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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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