Human Resources

The Human Resources 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.

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. Read more

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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Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – CIPD

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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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Agile organisations: Strategic role for HR & global mobility

Ahead of the Relocate Festival of Global Mobility Thinking on 11 May, Dr Linda Holbeche, author of The Agile Organisation reveals how HR and mobility can support agile organisations.
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CIPD UK Working Lives Index: Quality jobs for all?

Better support for stressed senior and middle managers, and helping lower-skilled and temporary workers access training, could boost workforce productivity finds the CIPD’s first survey into job quality.


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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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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.
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Employers report temporary worker shortages

The latest Jobs Outlook survey from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) warns almost half of employers say there aren’t enough temporary workers to cover their needs.

Relocate Awards News

Awards 2018

Relocate Awards – Enter today!

As a new year gets underway, now is the perfect time to start compiling your winning entry for the Relocate Awards 2018!
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Relocate International Networking Reception

Network with HR managers, global mobility professionals, sponsors, and representatives of leading international schools, find out how to enter the Relocate Awards, and join in with our exclusive community.
Relocate Awards 2018: showcasing innovation and creativity

Relocate Awards 2018: showcasing innovation and creativity

As the ultimate recognition for HR and relocation professionals, the Relocate Awards are a global brand. Join us for the gala dinner at Shakespeare’s Globe and an exciting event celebrating business and mobility.


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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Total of Britons in work hits new high

The number of people employed in the UK has reached a new record high of 32.39 million, latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed.
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Amazon to boost UK workforce by 2,500 this year

Chancellor Philip Hammond has declared a move by Amazon to boost its UK workforce as “a clear vote of confidence” in the country's economy.
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Further rise in UK population born abroad

The number of people living in the UK who were born overseas increased by 200,000 last year, according to official figures.

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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