Commentary and analysis

Informed opinion, commentary and debate on HR issues.

This tool includes:

  • Expert views on HR strategy and non-legal developments.
  • Analysis of government proposals and recommendations.

Latest items in Commentary and analysis

  • Upwardly mobile: Why phones are now first choice for assessment

    16 March 2018

    With changing candidate preferences, smartphone assessment has become the top priority for employers, says Richard Justenhoven - product director at cut-e, part of Aon's assessment solutions group.

  • Building executive search in-house? Six mistakes to avoid

    15 March 2018

    More organisations are looking to source talent for senior roles in-house so they can build their employer brand and save money on headhunters. But it's not always as simple as it seems, as Tim Connolly from human capital consultancy ALC explains.

  • Can we future-proof the workforce using neuroscience?

    14 March 2018

    In today's era of disruptive change and new technologies, the skills that our workforce need for tomorrow will look entirely different to those of today. Neuroscience expert Dr André Vermeulen examines how improving our brain performance will help deal with these seismic shifts.

  • Should business leaders insist on 'inclusion riders'?

    13 March 2018

    Frances McDormand called for 'inclusion riders' to become a feature of Hollywood business deals at the Oscars earlier this month. When prominent leaders speak up for diversity and become active role models, everybody benefits, says Dr Simon Hayward of Cirrus.

  • Leigh Day: the law firm taking on the giants over equal pay

    12 March 2018

    Leigh Day has represented thousands of workers in employment claims they might not otherwise have been able to fight. But how does it balance the risks of doing this with no guarantee of reward?

  • Marilyn Loden on 40 years of the 'glass ceiling'

    8 March 2018

    Management consultant Marilyn Loden coined the phrase "glass ceiling" some 40 years ago. On International Women's Day, she talks about how little progress has been made in gender equality, and why organisations need to address culture and bias to effect change.

  • How technology can help solve the gender gap in IT

    8 March 2018

    The technology sector attracts a lot of criticism for its lack of representation of women. But as we celebrate International Women's Day, Charlotte Attwood looks at how technology itself could help to close the gap.

  • Solving the skills crisis one apprenticeship at a time

    6 March 2018

    Apprenticeships seem a convenient response to skills shortages in a number of UK industries. But as we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, award-winning apprentice Magdalena Dyga says policy-makers and employers need to do more to show the value of this career route if they really want it to gain traction.

  • What the Oxfam scandal can teach us about background checking

    6 March 2018

    The recent scandals involving Oxfam and other charities have come as a surprise to many, but could these embarrassing allegations have been avoided through better background checking and tighter recruitment practices? David Haines from Xref looks at the evidence.

  • Counting the cost of the non-EU immigration cap

    1 March 2018

    The NHS recently called into question the cap on non-EU migrants coming into the UK, claiming it was blocking access to the medical skills it needs. Immigration law expert Jonathan Beech discusses the pitfalls and disadvantages of this 'one size fits all' limit.

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