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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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Featured article

How to find talent on a budget
Whether it's smart social media or collaborating with your rivals, recruitment doesn't have to start with a hefty outlay. Here's some thrifty tips for good-value recruitment.

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Featured book

Essential documents employment 
D. Callow (Indicator, 2014, 1169 pages) 
This book compiles more than 300 documents, policies and procedures that can be used in the workplace, including recruitment and probation related documents. 

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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.

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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.

Graduate recruitment


Most businesses would like to benefit from an influx of talent, enthusiasm and fresh ideas. The challenge is to achieve it at an acceptable cost. One option is to employ a recent graduate.



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.

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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 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.

Recruit and pay a sales team

When you first start your business it’s likely that you will do much of the initial selling yourself – even if you do not have previous experience of sales. But as the business grows you will probably need to recruit salespeople to bring in new customers – allowing you to focus your energies on strategy and further development of your products and services.

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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.

Talent spotting

A year on from becoming Black British Business Person of the Year in 2014, ActionAid UK Chair Margaret Casely-Kayford talks about the talent gap and the need for boardroom diversity at all levels. She believes companies and recruiters need to rethink their traditional criteria for boardroom candidates.

How to find talent on a budget... without cutting corners

Whether it's smart social media or collaborating with your rivals, recruitment doesn't have to start with a hefty outlay. Examples include Wheyhey, a south London start-up which uses Snapchat to recruit and employee engagement consultancy PurpleCubed, which uses multi-job posting software.

Ignoring employer review sites isn't an option

Rob Walker, Head of resourcing at Mencap, explains why ignoring employer review sites such as Glassdoor can seriously damage your recruitment brand. He gives advice on how to positively respond to critical reviews.

You're hired! Can you start in five years?

'Talent pipelining' - building relationships with people you might not hire for years - is one of the top recruitment trends of 2015 so far. Some employers are connecting with potential employees two to five years before the right position for them becomes available.

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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.

A guide to UK disability law


Employers need to know what amounts to a disability and what they have to do if they have a disabled employee or job applicant. Our quick guide will make sure you have covered all the bases.

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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 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. ICAEW Chief Executive Michael Izza has written a blog post on the scheme - Access Accountancy: new scheme to target disadvantaged talent (April 2014).

Diversity and inclusion guide for businesses
Guide produced by the Professional and Business Services Council (PBSC). It highlights key areas of focus 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 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 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 and issues they face in recruitment and keeping 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.

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