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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Latest Human Resources News

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – CIPD

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Latest jobs data intensify focus on skills and productivity

Commentators on the latest ONS employment figures are advising employers to review recruitment and training as UK employment reaches record levels.
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Apprenticeship levy failing to make grade for employers

A new survey by the CIPD finds over half of employers paying the apprenticeship levy want it replaced with a more general training liability.
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Productivity boost ‘a small step when giant leap needed’

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has cautiously heralded the latest UK official productivity figures.


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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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Recruiters see demand for cyber security skills surge

With the National Cyber Security Centre reporting at least one significant cyber-attack a day on UK organisations, an REC survey reports cyber skills demand is outstripping supply.
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How gender-biased are your job adverts? New study

A large-scale study of UK job adverts highlights widespread use of gender-coded language, with bias worse for senior, board-level roles. The findings raise fears employers are missing out on talent.
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Consultancy, sales and finance dominate APAC job prospects

Job opportunities in the APAC region experienced a rise of available mid-career positions this year. Consultancy, sales and finance industries are offering a majority of openings in the region.


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.


Study highlights discrimination's impact on wellbeing

A majority of women identifying with Asian, Black, Latin American and multiracial backgrounds experience an "emotional tax" in the workplace, a new report finds.
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Bad management main cause of poor productivity, say workers

A study of over 1,000 British workers found poor management to be roadblock for improving productivity in the workplace. The study coincided with figures showing productivity in Scotland has dropped.
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Are organisations considering neurodiversity?

A poll by the CIPD found almost three quarters of HR professionals aren’t considering neurodiversity – alternative thought processes such as autism, dyslexia and ADHD – in their people management practices.

Employment Law

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Government launches consultations on employment status

Businesses and employers will have the chance to feedback on the details of proposals announced today as part of the government's Good Work plan.
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Government's Good Work plan delivers new rights for gig workers

The government has responded to the Taylor Review into modern working practices by proposing to extend sick and holiday pay entitlements to flexible workers.
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Taylor Review links 'good work' to modern employment practices

RSA chair Matthew Taylor, who led the government’s review into modern employment practices, launched his recommendations yesterday in a speech with Prime Minister Theresa May and Business Secretary Greg Clark.

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