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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UK companies "wasting skills of EU workers"

British companies are missing opportunities to boost productivity by failing to maximise the skills of the EU workers they employ, according to a new think-tank study.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – CIPD

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More skills-short companies looking abroad

The UK will continue to enjoy a jobs boom in the coming months although a persistent skills shortage is resulting in increasing numbers of companies looking abroad for the talent they need, according to a major new survey.
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HR sidelined in AI investment decisions and implementation

A new study into employer and employee experiences of how organisations are introducing AI in the workplace suggests people and productivity could be losing out to poor implementation.
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Fat Cat Friday: Gap grows as Governance Code kicks in

Just two and half days into 2019, FTSE100 CEOs will have already earned the average full-time worker’s annual gross pay. CEOs’ pay also rose 11% according to annual analysis by the CIPD and High Pay Centre.

Procurement

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Digital thinking could boost SME growth, study suggests

Research released today suggests three-quarters of UK SMEs may be failing to embrace workplace technologies such as cloud, mobile working and BYOD, stifling their growth, productivity and employee engagement.
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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.

Recruitment

Workers on Millennium Bridge in London with St Paul's in the background

UK companies "wasting skills of EU workers"

British companies are missing opportunities to boost productivity by failing to maximise the skills of the EU workers they employ, according to a new think-tank study.
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KPMG survey finds that agile CEOs are confident of global growth

Two-thirds of chief executives around the world accept they will have to create "organisational agility" if they want their businesses to remain relevant, according to a new survey.
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Brexit fears fail to stem UK jobs growth

The UK jobs scene is continuing to shrug off Brexit uncertainty with official figures showing that both the number in work – 32.75 million – and the employment rate of 76.1 per cent have reached record highs.

Training

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Digital talent gap set to 'skyrocket'

Two-thirds of companies across the UK have unfilled digital vacancies, according to a report published on Tuesday.
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Nurturing talent and leadership in a globally mobile industry

Marianne Curphey talks to Paul Williamson from the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), and finds out how strategies developed in the theatre world can be applied to other business sectors.
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Leadership, innovation, education, and supporting young people's career ambitions

The Festival of Global People brought together a selection of the best Relocation sector leaders and innovators. Marianne Curphey reports on all the keynote speakers from the first day of the Festival.

Workforce

Workers on Millennium Bridge in London with St Paul's in the background

UK companies "wasting skills of EU workers"

British companies are missing opportunities to boost productivity by failing to maximise the skills of the EU workers they employ, according to a new think-tank study.
Illustration of the agile methodology model

KPMG survey finds that agile CEOs are confident of global growth

Two-thirds of chief executives around the world accept they will have to create "organisational agility" if they want their businesses to remain relevant, according to a new survey.
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Businesses nervous over Theresa May successor

British business leaders are holding their collective breath to see who succeeds Theresa May as prime minister after she announced on Friday she was stepping down on June 7.

Employment Law

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Government announces new UK workplace regulations

Legislation to reform workers’ rights have been introduced, including a day-one statement of rights for all workers and rules to bring agency workers’ pay into line with permanent staff pay.
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The Fawcett Society launches new Equal Pay Advice Service

To highlight Equal Pay Day, the campaigning charity is supporting UK employees to exercise their rights and take a stand on salaries and pay.
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Gender pay gap reporting ‘a game changer’

With 10,000 large companies now reporting their average pay gaps, gender equality campaigning charity the Fawcett Society is urging transparency around pay. What actions can we all take?
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