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Featured article

Spot the apprentice
The apprenticeship levy announced in the chancellor's 2015 Autumn statement is likely to lead to a surge in youth recruitment. How will the levy work in practice?

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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.

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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.

10 hiring mistakes to avoid

The authors share their top ten examples of where hiring managers go awry when recruiting accounting and finance staff. These include limiting yourself to "active" candidates, forgetting to sell the job to the candidate and moving too slowly.

Spot the apprentice

The apprenticeship levy announced in the chancellor's 2015 Autumn statement is likely to lead to a surge in youth recruitment. The government aims to raise £3bn a year to fund three million new 'high quality' apprenticeships by 2020. But how will the levy work in practice?

Apprenticeships: make them work for you

The UK government aims to create three million new apprenticeships by 2020. Jo Faragher looks at examples of successful apprentice training schemes and gives advice on developing high-quality apprenticeships at your company.

"Potentially the apprenticeship levy is a really positive game changer. But it's about how you apply it".

Interview with Nick Ellins, chief executive of Energy & Utility Skills. In spite of funding cuts by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Ellins is optimistic about the future of the Energy and Efficiency Industrial Partnership (EEIP). Since 2014 the EEIP has helped 1,400 young people find jobs in the energy sector through apprenticeships.

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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.

Giving references


Writing a reference for an employee's new employer can land you in legal hot water, but you don't want to prejudice your employee. Understand your rights and obligations when providing references, so you stay safe, but fair.

Recruitment & staff management for SMEs


Building on the GDP growth accurately forecast by the ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) in Q1 2013, the latest findings indicate UK economic growth once again in Q2 2013 of 0.6%. This also follows actual forecasts from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, which estimates growth in the three months to April of 0.8% and from the Bank of England, which predicts Q2 growth of 0.5%.

Six things to cover in job descriptions


If you want to attract employees who are best suited to your specific business needs, the process begins with drawing up a good job description. But what should you include?

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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.


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 - Access Accountancy: new scheme to target disadvantaged talent.

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.

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