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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Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – CIPD

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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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Moving to India: everything an expat needs to know

Rohit Kumar is a co-founder of IKAN Relocations, a leading relocation company in India, and has been in this business for the past 23 years. In that time he has seen how India has changed culturally, economically and politically - and has witnessed how those changes impacted life for expatriates living in India.
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Brexit jitters leads to downturn in hirings

UK employers are putting hiring plans on hold until the current political impasse over Brexit has been settled, according to a new survey.


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Corporate social responsibility: a critical role for global mobility professionals

There is a strong business case argument for engaging in corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, as well as a moral and social justice case for so doing. Global mobility professionals have a key role to play in helping to support good CSR practices in the deployment of personnel across the globe. Dr Sue Shortland explains.
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Social equality and women's empowerment: why we still need to celebrate International Women’s Day

Technological advances will change the nature of many jobs and require a fundamental shift in workers’ skill sets, particularly those of women, a new report suggests.
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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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UK notches up new employment record

UK labour market "remains in good order" but businesses are reporting that recruitment is being hampered. What are the persistent hiring difficulties faced by UK business - and why?

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Deadline reveals mixed picture for gender pay gaps

Almost 10,500 of the UK’s largest employers filed their gender pay gap data for 2018-19 as the reporting deadline passed yesterday. CIPD analysis shows a slight increase in the headline figure.

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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