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
As the class of 2018 enters the world of work, XpertHR research provides an overview of graduate recruitment, retention and reward in 2018/2019.
As thousands of students receive their A-level results this week, employers have revealed that the experience gained in an apprenticeship is more important than qualifications when hiring young members of staff.
The number of EU nationals working in the UK has fallen by a record amount, with 86,000 fewer EU workers in the second quarter of 2018 than in the same period in 2017.
Two in five employers found it difficult to get the staff they needed over the past 12 months and have reported receiving fewer applications from "suitable" candidates, according to the CIPD and The Adecco Group.
Former Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith has said a lot of employers have "not even bothered to try and find UK people to work", in response to calls from British business to scrap the UK's "blunt" immigration targets post-Brexit.
Updated to include information on R (on the application of AR) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and another, in which the Supreme Court considered if the disclosure of a job applicant's acquittal for rape in an enhanced criminal records check was a breach of his human rights.
For eight consecutive months the number of applications for certificates of sponsorship for non-EEA workers have surpassed the number available under the Tier 2 (General) system. But there are alternative routes employers can go down to get the highly-skilled workers they need, as well as ways to maximise their success under the Tier 2 system. Ashleigh Wight reports.
In R (on the application of AR) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and another, the Supreme Court held that, although the disclosure of the appellant's acquittal for rape was an interference with his human rights, it was justified. However, the Court expressed concern at the lack of guidance for employers on how to deal with disclosures of serious criminal charges that result in acquittals.
Updated to include data for July 2018 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 7 September 2018.
Competition for job roles hit a record low in June, as the number of applicants per vacancy dropped to 0.38 from 0.40 the month before.
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