Recruitment and retention

Noelle MurphyEditor's message: Its employees are any organisation's most valuable asset. With the availability of workers to fill vacancies in decline, finding candidates with the right skill set is often difficult, and good candidates are increasingly able to pick and choose between job offers. An effective recruitment process, providing a positive recruitment experience for candidates, is likely to have a substantial impact on their perception of your organisation as an employer - helping you to fill vacancies more quickly and effectively, and, most importantly, with the right person for the role.

With line managers increasingly participating in the recruitment process, it is vital that everyone involved has the relevant skills and knowledge. In particular, anyone taking part in activities such as shortlisting and interviewing should be aware of the relevant discrimination legislation. Equal opportunities and diversity need to be considered at each point in the process, with regular reviews carried out to ensure that there is no hidden bias and that candidates are being judged fairly on their merits.

Noelle Murphy, senior HR practice editor

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  • Are we too British when it comes to recruiting?

    Date:
    14 November 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    How we recruit and manage people in different countries varies more than we might think. But how do these cultural norms affect HR decisions? Rob Smith from Xref explains.

  • Gig economy: three ways to attract and retain freelancers

    Date:
    10 November 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Research shows that sought-after technical workers increasingly want to work on a freelance basis. So how can employers stand out from the crowd to attract this talent and keep skilled workers coming back? Hired's Donna Yelmokas offers three key pieces of advice.

  • Date:
    7 November 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Increased compliance means rising numbers of employers are performing numerous background checks on employees. Steve Smith from Sterling Talent Solutions looks at eight areas organisations should consider and any pitfalls to avoid.

  • Employing foreign nationals: health (England and Wales)

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Enhanced to introduce a new section on Brexit and the NHS, referring to guidance on dealing with the implications of Brexit for EU workers in the NHS.

  • Attracting millennials: What businesses can learn from Labour and the Tories

    Date:
    3 November 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    After an unexpected election result and a fresh wave of scandals at Westminster, it's not surprising that the millennial generation has lost faith in political leaders. What can employers learn from these events, asks Mufid Sukkar from Nest Investments.

  • More companies hold on to key staff after mergers, says report

    Date:
    2 November 2017
    Type:
    News

    Almost four-fifths of companies that have gone through a merger or acquisition have managed to hold on to their 'acquired talent', according to a study by Willis Towers Watson.

  • NHS workforce planning "not fit for purpose"

    Date:
    30 October 2017
    Type:
    News

    National policy and planning for the NHS workforce in England is "not fit for purpose" according to a report from the Health Foundation.

  • Government should 'ban the box' in DBS criminal records overhaul

    Date:
    27 October 2017
    Type:
    News

    The current disclosure of youth criminal records in the UK undermines principles of youth justice and could fall short of the UK's obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • Take part in our recruitment trends survey

    Date:
    25 October 2017
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    XpertHR would greatly appreciate your help with our research to investigate key recruitment trends among employers.

  • Date:
    24 October 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    With this Friday's deadline to contribute towards the call for evidence from the Migration Advisory Committee, Jackie Penlington looks at the potential impact of Brexit and the Government's current thinking on the employment of European nationals.