Human Resources

The Human Resources department (other names for which include Human Capital and the now old-fashioned Personnel) has a broad remit that generally includes recruitment, payroll and benefits, redundancies and outplacement, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations in such areas as immigration, tax and social security. Talent management may also form part of it.

In all but large multinational companies, which employ HR global mobility specialists, responsibility for the management of international assignments often falls to HR managers, whether they are in a generalist role or a compensation and benefits department. Read more

HR managers must possess wide-ranging skills and knowledge if they are to ensure their companies are compliant in their management of international relocations and the various international assignment services that support operations overseas. They need up-to-date information on immigration, expatriate tax and benefits, social security and international pensions, with an awareness of the health and security threats their international assignees may face. Duty of care is an issue that no company can afford to neglect.

This section provides the news, articles, tools and advice needed by HR managers, whether or not they are managing international assignments and relocations. With contributions from experts, including the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it covers employment law, procurement, recruitment, training and development, new technology to help make HR’s job easier – and more.

For detailed coverage of specific topics, see our International Assignments, Immigration, Global Health and Wellness, Talent Management and Technology sections. For details of organisations in the global mobility industry that provide international assignment services, see our Directory. Read less

Latest Human Resources News

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WERC London Summit 2017: Lessons from Brexit and Trump

This time last year, Sir Malcolm Rifkind was analysing the potential outcomes of the UK’s upcoming referendum. This Friday, delegates will gather again in London for a day packed with insight-sharing on how to respond to the changes of the past 12 months.

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CIPD joins High Pay Centre to advocate ethical executive pay

The professional body for HR and people development and the think-tank respond to the government’s green paper on corporate governance with a call for a “major rethink.”
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I am the one in ten: Firms called to employ more older workers

Employers are being asked to commit to increasing by 12 per cent employment of people aged 50-69 in a bid to address skills gaps, ensure greater equality and diversity, and to support personal choice.
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May’s strategy ‘steps up’ on skills – but is it high enough?

CIPD chief executive Peter Cheese has responded to May’s post-Brexit industrial strategy blueprint with a call for more clarity on skills policy.


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‘No great difference’ between expat and local managers in China

New research published by the LSE investigates the pros and cons of multinational companies using local versus expat managers in China.
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Company values a 'deal-breaker' for job candidates

Half of UK professionals would consider turning down job offers from companies that don’t share their purpose, according to LinkedIn research.

Brexit won't affect number of people hired according to almost half of UK businesses

New research conducted by totaljobs offers insight into opinions of both employers and candidates following the EU Referendum.


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Bigger new year jobs rush meets buyers’ market

The latest TotalJobs Employment Index suggests a higher-than-usual peak in people resolving to land a new job in 2017.
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Foreign hiring curbs worrying UK jobs market

The latest recruitment survey by IHS Markit and REC has found increases in both permanent staff placements and employee vacancies, with the highest demand in the engineering and IT sectors.
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Santa Fe accelerates talent acquisition with new graduate programme

Santa Fe Relocation Services has launched its new graduate recruitment programme that will see new recruits working in both the London and Singapore offices and learning practical skills through a rotation scheme.


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UK must double China exports to offset 10% drop to EU: study

The extent of UK cities’ reliance on Europe for income and wealth creation earned via exports is revealed in a new report from the Centre for Cities.
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UK CEOs concerned about soaring employee skill gap

The latest PwC CEO survey highlights the likelihood of skills shortages by 2022. The Open University focuses on the need for education. And Jaguar Land Rover invests in training for future generations.
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Trust in me: simple communications key

An online poll by the Academy of Executive Coaching suggests when it comes to how leaders can best build and maintain trust, plain speaking is a must.


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Record UK employment as foreign workforce swells

The UK workforce is booming, with the highest employment rate since records began and the UK's unemployment rate one of the lowest in Europe, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
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Fewer EU workers fuelling skills shortages: CIPD

New research from the professional body for HR and people development shows sectors relying most on EU nationals are leaving vacancies empty as migration falls.
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Older, wiser and more productive? New study

A new Europe-wide study sheds light on intergenerational experiences of workload, stress and resilience, suggesting older workers fair best on the three measures.

Employment Law

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New study calls for ‘glocal’ approach to employment regulation

A white paper from global employment industry representative body World Employment Confederation (WEC) is calling for international cooperation to adjust labour regulations.
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Appeal ruling opens UK employment law to British expats

British expats may be able to use UK employment law following a ruling by the EAT, with potential implications for HR departments.

Singapore – Forthcoming higher minimum salary requirement for employment pass applications

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore has announced an increase in the minimum qualifying salary for Employment Pass (EP) applications, with effect from 1 January 2017.

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