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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Weekly Roundup: 16 August 2018

This week's Relocate roundup includes: the most 'liveable city' worldwide, Brexit-related corporate relocations from and within the UK, and good employment news for the city of Detroit, Michigan.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – CIPD

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More than a number: people data missing from annual reports

A CIPD study into human capital reporting in FTSE100 companies calls for greater strategic focus and transparency to address risk, ahead of new EU legislation for large firms being introduced later this year.
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UK jobs data: CIPD says time now for skills investment

Official data shows the UK employment rate – the proportion of people aged 16-to-64 years in work – reached 75.7 per cent in June. It is the highest comparable rate since records began in 1971.
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UK labour market buoyed by rising global demand

The latest 'Labour Market Outlook' from the CIPD and The Adecco Group suggests employers' near-term hiring intentions are at a five-year high, with pressure on wages also rising.


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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.


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Weekly Roundup: 16 August 2018

This week's Relocate roundup includes: the most 'liveable city' worldwide, Brexit-related corporate relocations from and within the UK, and good employment news for the city of Detroit, Michigan.
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Skills shortage and Brexit 'could have disastrous impact'

UK faces a renewed skills gap crisis. What can be done to mitigate this post-Brexit reality?
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Skills shortages continue to bedevil AI introduction

A shortage of relevant technological skill is hampering the expansion of AI in the workplace, suggests new research. The poll also found that many do not feel AI threatens their jobs.


HR concerns that businesses are not ready for AI

Are businesses prepared for Artificial Intelligence?

Human resource professionals are being urged to take the future of artificial intelligence (AI) into consideration after a new poll suggested businesses are unprepared for the coming growth in AI.
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Apprentices struggle to find time to study, says Open University

New research from The Open University launched at the CIPD Learning and Development Show finds employers could do more to support apprentices and gain from the process.
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RES Forum launches mobile HR Learning Lab

RES Forum and Knowledge Anywhere have joined forces to deliver a virtual education programme for HR and mobility professionals.


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How do great leaders banish the post-holiday blues?

How to make work not feel like work - recommendations for playing to your strengths and consigning the ‘holiday blues’ to George Orwell’s fabled Room 101.
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Artificial Intelligence and the future skills-gap

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to create new jobs, but firms remain concerned about filling these vacancies.
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Progress for women on boards faltering: Cranfield study

Further evidence of slowing progress on female board representation has been published this week. Cranfield School of Management’s study also challenges the efforts of FTSE 350 companies.

Employment Law

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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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Where next for gender pay gap reporting?

The few large employers yet to submit gender pay gap reports now required by law have until midnight. Tonight’s deadline should bring a new era of transparency and debate around gender pay in the UK’s workplaces.
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Four things to consider when firing an employee

Following the high profile firing of US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, Employment Law and HR specialists Peninsula offer some advice for business owners considering firing an employee.
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