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.
Noelle Murphy, senior HR practice editor
Updated to include data for December 2019 on the availability and recruitment of permanent and temporary staff from IHS Markit/KPMG/Recruitment & Employment Confederation. The next figures are due to be published on 7 February 2020.
Updated to include information on Badara v Pulse Healthcare Ltd, concerning the employer's use of the Home Office checking service for evidence of the right to work.
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Updated to include a case study about a targeted recruitment campaign at a hotel group.
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Enhanced to include information about the expected implications of Brexit on the employment of foreign students from EEA countries.
Updated to include a reference to Badara v Pulse Healthcare Ltd, concerning the employer's use of the Home Office checking service for evidence of the right to work.
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