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Featured article

Competing for talent
Accountancy, March 2016, Vol. 156 Issue 1471, p70-75
The article discusses changing employee recruitment policy at British accounting firms with a focus on employee recruitment at accounting firms PwC, BDO, and Deloitte. Information is provided on the companies' transition away from allegedly socioeconomically-biased A-level standardized testing results in their employee selection process and toward contextualized aptitude and degree testing.

Please contact the library for a copy of this article. 

Featured book

Essential documents employment
D. Callow (Indicator, 2015, 1296 pages)
This book compiles more than 350 documents, policies and procedures that can be used in the workplace, including recruitment and probation related documents.

To borrow this book please contact the Library.

Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Assessment methods in recruitment, selection and performance: A manager's guide to psychometric testing, interviews and assessment centres 
Edenborough, Robert (Kogan Page, 2005)
This book is a guide to the formal assessment methods used in both recruitment and performance management. A thorough examination of the principles underpinning assessment methods along with practical applications are provided. The use of assessment centres, psychometrics and structured interviews are discussed with practical advice on their use.

The handbook of model job descriptions 
Cushway, Barry (Kogan Page, 2008)
This book provides over 200 job descriptions and is updated to take account of the new Age Discrimination legislation. It offers a time-saving approach in the form of a ‘job description builder’ which enables featured job elements to be selected in order to build a complete and well-structured job description.

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Briefings are four-page guides from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Graduate recruitment


Recruiting a graduate can give your business an influx of talent, enthusiasm and fresh ideas. You need to be clear about exactly what you are looking for and how best to attract suitable candidates.



Skilled interviewing is an effective way to find out about a candidate, helping you make sure you recruit the right person for the job.

Recruit and pay a sales team


Recruiting skilled and motivated salespeople is vital to help your business bring in new customers and grow.



Recruiting the right individuals is crucial to the success of your business. Your aim is to ensure that your employees have the skills, experience and attitude that will help you achieve your objectives.

Using the internet for research


The internet is probably the first place you turn to when you're looking for something. The internet can help you find people, learn more about your market and keep up to date with regulations affecting your business.

Your firm and the Data Protection Act


All businesses that keep any information on living and identifiable people must comply with the Data Protection Act. The Act applies to any computerised or manual records containing personal information about people.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

A sales team that won't quit

If team leaders can address staff problems before they become critical they can retaining key talent and make substantial savings on training and recruitment costs.

8 steps to overcoming the skills gap wehn hiring entry-level accountants

The article discusses methods in hiring entry-level accountants who lack job skills for accounting firm positions, referencing the study titled "The Skills Gap in Entry-Level Management Accounting and Finance," by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC). Topics, including requirements for becoming a certified public accountant (CPA), internships, hiring of new college graduates and employee recruitment strategies, are discussed.

Russian film industry

Vladislav Vorotnikov reports on recent news regarding the Russian film industry, including a likely increase in the price of distribution certificates for Hollywood movies in the country, the success of the film The Viking, and the steady recruitment of many foreign actors by Russia's filmmakers.

Making quality hires

The article discusses how bet to hire and retain experienced accountants in 2017. It is said that recruiting experienced professionals has long been a major challenge for most accounting firms. Many large firms have build large campus recruiting machines to compensate for the problem. Some firms fail to commit the necessary resources to ensure they have the right staff..

189,245 graduates. 19,732 vacancies.

The article discusses how British employers were altering their approach to graduate recruitment practices during the early 21st century, which was seeing a significant increase in the percentage of the British population with college degrees, particularly ahead of an April 2017 apprenticeship tax issued by the British government

Recruiting the best

The article focuses on the recruitment of certified public accountants (CPAs) and the lessons learned by CPAs from their college coaches in the U.S. Topics discussed include the recruitment approach of accounting employers, the creation of early accounting impressions, and the significance of interaction in making recruitment trips.


The article discusses the recruitment scenario in Great Britain following the Brexit vote. Topics discussed include the uncertainty in the status of European Union (EU) nationals prior to the invocation of Article 50, the exit of EU migrants from Great Britain and the country's lack of attraction for skilled EU nationals, and financial fallout. However, it also mentions the boom in companies which supply interim and temporary labour

Things to think about before a job interview

Tips for job-seekers on how to best prepare for a job interview. Includes how to learn about a company, its culture and the industry it operates in.

10 hiring mistakes to avoid

The authors share their top ten examples of where hiring managers go awry when recruiting accounting and finance staff.

Spot the apprentice

The apprenticeship levy announced in the chancellor's 2015 Autumn Statement is likely to lead to a surge in youth recruitment. But how will it work in practice?

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Useful links


Helping you to recruit
ICAEW programmes and services to help ACA employers promote their firms to students.

Job portal advertising qualified accountancy roles in business, practice and the not-for-profit sector.

Why your recruitment strategy for hiring Partners is failing
An ICAEW Talk blog post by James Nathan, published in October 2013 - now hosted on the James Nathan Experience blog site


Hiring staff
Useful templates for letters, forms and checklists produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas). Example documents include:

  • job descriptions
  • person specification
  • job application forms
  • equal opportunities monitoring
  • written statement of employment
  • induction checklist.

Recruitment and induction
Further guidance from Acas with links to advisory booklets and factsheets.

Employing people: A handbook for small firms
Special advisory handbook aimed at SMEs, explaining simple employment best practices and how to avoid pitfalls.

Other resources

Access Accountancy
A collaboration between employers and professional bodies to improve access to the profession for young people. The Member Resources section has a set of messages for talking to young people about a career in accountancy (requires login). ICAEW Chief Executive Michael Izza has written a blog post on the scheme - Work experience placements should happen all year round.

Diversity and inclusion guide for businesses
Produced by the Professional and Business Services Council (PBSC). The guide gives techniques for implementing, managing and monitoring diversity initiatives, with best practice advice and a handy checklist. Published in 2015.

How to secure top talent in the BRICs
During 2013, EY surveyed 1,109 professionals in high-demand roles in the BRICs — Brazil, Russia, India and China — to identify targeted strategies for the attraction and retention of key talent.

Job description templates
Standard job descriptions for key corporate governance roles, created by MemberWise.

Recruiting and hiring
Set of recruitment guides from from GOV.UK covering apprenticeships, criminal record checks, employers' responsibilities and more.

Recruitment: an overview
Factsheet by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), last revised November 2015. Topics covered include defining the role, attracting applications, managing the application and selection process and making the appointment. Registration is required for access.

Resourcing and talent planning 2015
A June 2015 report produced by CIPD in partnership with Hays. It is based on 520 respondent organisations from the UK and examines the key challenges they face in recruiting and retaining talented staff.

Sponsorship: guidance for employers and educators
Extensive guidance from GOV.UK for businesses sponsoring foreign workers.

Tell HMRC about a new employee
Step-by-step guidance from GOV.UK on the tax and payroll aspects of taking on a new employee, including dealing with P45s and P46s.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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