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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Human Resources

Latest Human Resources News

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Expats get more bang for their buck London

Brexit’s impact on cost of living in the UK’s capital has seen this key expatriate destination fall to 140th in the global rankings, according to ECA International.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – CIPD

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CIPD urges companies to be transparent about pay, or risk being perceived as unfair

Keeping staff in the dark about pay feeds perception of unfairness, new research from the CIPD finds.
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CIPD 2019: Bringing good work to life with coaching

As well as quality conference sessions with their exceptional case studies, panels and speakers, the exhibition hall of the CIPD’s annual headline gathering buzzed with collaboration and conversation.
CIPD ACE 2019: Putting global people at the heart of Good Work.

CIPD ACE 2019: Putting global people at the heart of Good Work

Following her recent review of the CIPD annual conference and exhibition, Ruth Holmes reports on Day Two. 

Procurement

Manufacturers join calls for visa reforms.

Manufacturers join calls for visa reforms

The UK's leading manufacturers' organisation has become the second major business group in a week to demand the next government relax immigration restrictions to enable companies to hire skilled foreign labour.
The 4 personality types that need to be managed carefully during digital transformation

Why digital transformation creates a retention problem for certain types of employees

Becki Hyde, practice lead at Agile Practice Leadership Enablement and Sean Olszewski, practice lead for Agile Practice Leadership Enablement, Pivotal Software look at the four personality types that need to be managed carefully during digital transformation.
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No-deal Brexit: immigration implications of abrupt end to free movement

Fear and uncertainty are the result of the latest UK government's stance on EU freedom of movement in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Rahul Batra, Managing Partner of the UK immigration law firm, Hudson McKenzie, provides an analysis of the situation.

Recruitment

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CIPD urges companies to be transparent about pay, or risk being perceived as unfair

Keeping staff in the dark about pay feeds perception of unfairness, new research from the CIPD finds.
UK office workers

UK skills shortages remain major headache, survey shows

Almost three-quarters of UK businesses who tried recruit staff in the third quarter of the year experienced difficulties finding the skills they needed, according to a major survey.
UK jobs market stalls ahead of election

UK jobs market stalls ahead of election

With a General Election set for 12 December, the UK jobs markets has slowed in Q3, according to new data.

Training

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UK ‘falling behind in global skills race’

New research published today by City & Guilds Group, a global skills development body, reveals the UK risks being left behind as employers across the world race to upskill their workers.
Evidence-based practice: critical interpretation of data.

Evidence-based practice: critical interpretation of data for improved decision-making

Dr Sue Shortland explains why it is important to take a critical approach to data interpretation in evidence-based decision-making.
HRH Princess Anne and the City & Guilds Group have recognised 44 leading UK organisations for their commitment to investing in quality learning and development programmes.

Royal recognition for employers delivering outstanding workplace training

HRH Princess Anne and the City & Guilds Group have recognised 44 leading UK organisations for their commitment to investing in quality learning and development programmes.

Workforce

Stress and mental wellbeing are particularly relatable issues in the global mobility, business travel and relocation sphere.

Managing mental health and wellbeing in international organisations

Wellbeing was a key theme running through the CIPD’s annual conference in Manchester this year, says Ruth Holmes. It is a central issue in the workplace, encompassing employers’ duty of care, productivity and good work.
Photo of pound coins illustrating an article about the jobs with the highest salaries in the UK

CIPD urges companies to be transparent about pay, or risk being perceived as unfair

Keeping staff in the dark about pay feeds perception of unfairness, new research from the CIPD finds.
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Asia tops 'Best Expat Cities' rankings

For the second year running, Taipei has emerged as the favourite city in the world among expatriates with traditional destinations such as New York, Paris, Rome and San Francisco among the bottom ten in the rankings.

Employment Law

Carolyn Fairbairn CBI Director General

Businesses worried over living wage increase

Why are UK business groups uneasy about spending plans proposed by Chancellor Sajid Javid?
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No-deal Brexit: immigration implications of abrupt end to free movement

Fear and uncertainty are the result of the latest UK government's stance on EU freedom of movement in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Rahul Batra, Managing Partner of the UK immigration law firm, Hudson McKenzie, provides an analysis of the situation.
LGBT+ Network strives for inclusive and diverse workplaces

LGBT+ Network strives for inclusive and diverse workplaces

Nestlé’s UK & Ireland's LGBT+ Network celebrates its commitment to a respectful and working environment with a series of films showcasing its LGBT+ employees.
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