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
Organisations with low brand awareness are likely to get overlooked by jobseekers, according to Glassdoor, with candidates 40% more likely to apply for a job at a business they recognise than one they do not.
Putting a job candidate's experience and skills into context can help employers find overachievers. Raphael Mokades, founder and MD of Rare Recruitment, explains the benefits of contextual screening for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Updated to include data for March 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 9 May 2018.
Last month, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) released its interim report on EEA workers in the UK labour market. Karen Kaur, an immigration analyst with Migrate UK, considers the evidence.
Updated to reflect changes to the Government's guidance on the position of EU citizens in the UK following Brexit.
Updated to reflect the increase to national minimum wage rates, effective for pay reference periods starting on or after 1 April 2018.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to recruitment.