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Find out more about recruitment procedures, assessment methods and interviewing with our selection of articles, guides and online resources to help you identify best practice and the latest developments.

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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.

New minimum wage rate now effective


Changes to the national minimum wage came into effect on October 1. It is important for employers to ensure they are adhering to the requirements of the regulations. The changes include:

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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.

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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Directors' Briefings and Start-Up Briefings are four-page guides written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.



Interviewing is a central part of finding the right person for the job. Done well, an interview is an effective way to find out about a candidate. Done badly, it provides poor information which results in poor decisions.



Recruiting the right employees can be a challenge, with no guarantee of success. But using the right information and procedures will improve your chances of finding what you are looking for.

Recruitment and interviewing


There is nothing more crucial to the success of a start-up business than the skills and attitudes of the first few people it employs.

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Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.


The How To Do It guides from Atom Content Marketing are a collection of checklists providing a step-by-step approach to key business issues. Access to these guides is available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Find advisers in finance law HR and IP

Most businesses need advice from an expert adviser at some point, whether this is for help with tax or raising finance, ensuring compliance with the law, sorting out HR issues or protecting their intellectual property.

Recruit new members of staff

Recruiting a new member of staff is a big gamble for those who own or manage a business — especially if it is the first time you have had to do it.

Recruit and motivate key team members

Few businesses can continue to grow if they are run as a one-person operation. Even the most dedicated business owner can only do so much. Instead, your success is likely to rely on building a small team of key individuals.

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Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

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.

Key events for recruiting and orienting the new director

Periodically refreshing the board with new members is key to maintaining a strong board. Susan Ellen Wolf shares advice on creating robust processes for recruiting and orienting new directors. Example agenda items, orientation programmes and a calendar of key events are included.

The CEO of Automattic on holding "auditions" to build a strong team

Matt Mullenweg founded Automattic, the company behind WordPress, in 2005, and began hiring by using interviews and reference checks. However, over time he and his colleagues realized that performance in an interview often had little bearing on how a candidate would perform the job. So they introduced tryouts: before being offered a permanent position, promising candidates are paid to work with the company for several weeks.

LinkedIn or LinkedOut? Your profile makes a difference in job search

For those stuck in the job market, social media can be the great differentiator. Use it effectively and it can give you a big boost. Ignore or misuse it and you'll be treading water in the job pool. LinkedIn is becoming a job-search must, but many users haven't learned how to maximize the social network to find prospective employers and increase the chances of getting a job interview.

Do you really know who you're hiring?

References aren't always reliable - but casting the pre-employment vetting net wider is an ethical minefield. Information gleaned from social media should be treated with caution and individuals should be given an opportunity to respond to material findings.

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Small Business Update

Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.

Employing graduates


why your small business should be eager to offer new graduates a job.

Get started with LinkedIn


LinkedIn is a free business-focused networking platform that seeks to replicate the real-life process of word-of-mouth introductions between trusted contacts.

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Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans. You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

Useful links


Helping you to recruit 
Details of how ACA training vacancies can help you to recruit together with information about various careers events run by ICAEW.

ICAEW job portal advertises qualified accountant level roles in business, practice and the not-for-profit sector.

Why your recruitment strategy for hiring Partners is failing 
A October 2013 ICAEW Talk accountancy blog post by James Nathan


Hiring staff 
Useful templates for letters, forms and checklists produced by Acas – the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. 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, dedicated to improving access for young people from all backgrounds into the accountancy profession. The Resources section provides a set of common messages that can be used when talking to young people about a career in accountancy. ICAEW Chief Executive Michael Izza has written a blog post on the scheme - Access Accountancy: new scheme to target disadvantaged talent (April 2014).

Businesses and sponsors 
Guidance from the Home Office UK Border Agency for employers applying for a work permit on behalf of an employee from the EEA or abroad.

Employee starting 
Guidance from HMRC on how to handle some of the more practical aspects of taking on a new employee, including dealing with P45s and P46s.

How to secure top talent in the BRICs 
During 2013 E&Y 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.

Recruiting and hiring 
Information from Gov.uk, including guidance on apprenticeships, criminal record checks, employers' responsibilities and using agencies.

Recruitment: an overview
A online factsheet by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), last revised April 2014. Topics covered include defining the role, attracting applications, managing the application and selection process and making the appointment.

Resourcing and talent planning 2013 
A June 2013 report produced by CIPD in partnership with Hays. It is based on 462 respondent organisations from the UK and examines the key challenges and issues they face in recruitment and keeping talented staff.

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