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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Survey highlights exporters' mounting skills concerns

Survey of 2600 firms reveals skills shortage as exporters in both the manurfacturing and service sectors are struggling to find staff with the right skills amid concerns that immigration proposals won't remedy the problem.

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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.
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Skills investment in employee benefits' spotlight

Total rewards packages look set to rise with a fifth of employers planning to upgrade benefits budgets, adding to recent inflation-beating wage rises. Professional development is the biggest beneficiary.

CIPD Outlook: MAC plans ‘not enough’ to meet UK skills needs

A benchmark labour market study warns reversing EU and non-EU migrant labour trends are exacerbating skills shortages and pushing up wages for new starters as the UK heads towards exit from the European Union.


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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.


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Brexit jitters grip UK recruitment market

Economic uncertainty over Brexit, record employment rates and a continuing skills shortages saw permanent jobs placement fall in January for the first time in two-and-a-half years, according to the latest UK Report on Jobs.
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Tech sector jobs hardest to fill in UK

Other than technology, which job sectors will suffer the most after Brexit? And, why are people in the UK who work for large companies or earning high salaries among the least content? Relocate examines the results of the latest survey from jobs site Indeed.
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GTCI 2019: Global talent gaps widen

Business school INSEAD, in partnership with Tata Communications and Adecco Group, launched its sixth annual Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) report earlier this week.


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‘Take us seriously on migration’ businesses tell ministers

Brexit and immigration uncertainty blamed as the manufacturing industry shows worst skills shortage since 1989. The British Chambers of Commerce and businesses frustrated as they can't attract the right skills.
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Introducing a coaching mindset to the next generation

Across international organisations around the world, and for those managing millennials and global talent, there is a drive to put the human back into leadership by mastering emotional intelligence (EI).
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Calls for government action on ‘unequal’ work experience

The Youth Select Committee yesterday published its report into barriers faced by young people accessing work experience, calling for a better framework linked to the Industrial Strategy.


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Brexit jitters grip UK recruitment market

Economic uncertainty over Brexit, record employment rates and a continuing skills shortages saw permanent jobs placement fall in January for the first time in two-and-a-half years, according to the latest UK Report on Jobs.
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New research shows extent of workplace ‘parenthood penalty’

Working parents feel overwhelmed by the demands of the modern workplace, reporting negative impacts on their health, family life and promotion prospects, according to The 2019 Modern Families Index.
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Government-backed campaign renews push for flexible working

The broad coalition of business bodies represented in the government’s Flexible Working Taskforce today unveils a new campaign for all jobs to be advertised as flexible from day one.

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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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