Editor'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.
Sue Dennehy, employment law editor
Updated to include information on proposed changes to criminal records disclosure rules in Scotland.
Thousands of workers and jobseekers could potentially be misleading employers about their qualifications after buying fake degree certificates online.
Widespread uncertainty about the impact of Brexit stalled some of the UK's top employers' graduate recruitment plans in 2017, research has found.
The NHS is on the verge of a staffing crisis, according to the Royal College of Nursing, with more nurses leaving the organisation than joining last year.
Updated to reflect changes to Home Office guidance for sponsors relating to sponsor reporting duties.
As employers seek hard-to-find talent and want greater control of their brand, many are looking to build executive search capability in-house, rather than hire a headhunter, says Tim Connolly.
Employers wishing to sponsor non-EEA nationals under tier 2 (general) this winter should be aware that there is no guarantee that an application for a restricted certificate of sponsorship will be successful.
Predictive algorithms, machine learning and Alexa-like 'intelligent assistants' will revolutionise recruitment, says Dr Achim Preuss.
The Army has launched a recruitment advertising campaign that highlights the emotional and physical support it offers troops
Updated to include data for December 2017 on the availability and recruitment of permanent and temporary staff from IHS Markit/Recruitment & Employment Confederation. The next figures are due to be published on 8 February 2018.
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