Human Resources

The HR 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. Read more

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.

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.

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Latest Human Resources News

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CIPD responds to the Chancellor’s summer statement

The professional body for HR and people development recognises the significant investments announced by Rishi Sunak in his Plan for Jobs, but warns a lack of targeting may make job retention and other measures less effective.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – CIPD

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CIPD responds to the Chancellor’s summer statement

The professional body for HR and people development recognises the significant investments announced by Rishi Sunak in his Plan for Jobs, but warns a lack of targeting may make job retention and other measures less effective.
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Firms unprepared for new visa system - CIPD

Employers in the UK are facing a "painful adjustment" to the new immigration system due to be introduced at year's end, according to a report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
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Women on the frontline

Growth in a post-pandemic world is going to be hard but it is really important to build on some of the positives of the experience of lockdown to build better business and accelerate inclusion. Fiona Murchie reflects on leadership wisdom from Dame Helena Morrissey.

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Making mobility happen: Ann Ellis

As Relocate Global’s Think Women community looks forward to celebrating International Women’s Day, we talk to Ann Ellis, a speaker at our event on 6 March, to acknowledge the work of trailblazing women with international careers.
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Mauve: from ‘company in the cupboard’ to global operation

Discover the inspiring journey of one of the speakers at our upcoming Think Women event - Ann Ellis, who went from headteacher to expat to CEO of global workforce solutions company Mauve Group.
The main labour market concern of UK businesses is that government plans for a post-Brexit immigration system will make it impossible for them to hire the skills they need, according to a new survey.

‘Simplify the immigration system’, UK firms demand

The main labour market concern of UK businesses is that government plans for a post-Brexit immigration system will make it impossible for them to hire the skills they need, according to a new survey.

Recruitment

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Call to increase high-skilled migration to US

America's falling birth rate and heightened restrictions on immigration are threatening both national prosperity and security, according to a leading academic.
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Lockdown prompts jump in job searches

An unexpected consequence of the pandemic lockdown and consequent rise in home working has been a surge in the number of people in the UK considering a change in job.
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Growth in training, HR and finance vacancies

Although recruitment in the UK - in common with most other nations - has dropped dramatically because of the coronavirus pandemic, "pockets of hiring remain", according to a new survey.

Training

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The focus of the Summer Issue is recovery and taking inspiration from around the world on supporting people and organisations back to work.
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Post-Covid recovery, restructuring & reskilling

With the end of government pandemic support for employers and furlough schemes imminent, business representatives, professional bodies and consultancies are setting out how organisations can recover.
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Businesses and universities must work together to produce workforce of the future

Positive results in the Graduate Outcomes Survey, despite the economic effects of Covid-19 on hiring. Plus a call for increased collaboration between universities and businesses to aid the UK's long-term economic recovery.

Workforce

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CIPD responds to the Chancellor’s summer statement

The professional body for HR and people development recognises the significant investments announced by Rishi Sunak in his Plan for Jobs, but warns a lack of targeting may make job retention and other measures less effective.
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Firms applaud UK pandemic recovery plan

A multi-billion pound, rescue-and-recovery plan for the UK economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic was laid out in parliament on Wednesday by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.
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Class of 2020 celebrates International Baccalaureate results

With Covid-19 making for an unprecedented final examination and assessment period this summer, international and independent schools are releasing results from the first of this year’s formal qualifications.

Employment Law

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Aon surveys show growing employer support before and during COVID-19 lockdowns

Kindness in the workplace: a new survey shows employer support before and during lockdown. How are companies responding to the crisis to help their employees?
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Australian immigration: clarifications for temporary visa holders

What temporary changes to temporary visa holders did the Australian government announce, as a result of COVID-19?
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'Many questions remain' over UK visa changes

Problems remain for UK employers with non-EU staff despite visa relaxations announced last week by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department, according to a leading law firm.
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