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Find news and best practice for recruitment procedures, assessment methods and interviewing with our selection of articles, guides and online resources.

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 law: Government publishes policy statement on upcoming points-based immigration system

April 2020

Employers who recruit non-UK workers should consider the potential impact on their business of the government’s policy statement ‘The UK's points-based immigration system: policy statement’ setting out its proposed points-based immigration system for all non-UK workers, from both within and outside the EU, due to come into force from 1 January 2021.

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Boards that lead

This title provides comprehensive, expert-led coverage of all aspects of corporate governance for public, nonprofit, and private boards. This chapter looks at board leadership and maps out what active leadership from the board should look like. Includes a section on recruiting directors who add value and a checklist for recruiting new board members.

CEO Succession planning

This title provides comprehensive, expert-led coverage of all aspects of corporate governance for public, nonprofit, and private boards. This chapter reviews the process of hiring, evaluating and occasionally removing or replacing the CEO.

Developing executive talent: best practices from global leaders

A book for human resources managers and senior executives with responsibility for employee management.

Handbook of model job descriptions

A managers' guide to constructing job descriptions.

Recruiting staff

This chapter of the Handbook looks at the process of staff recruitment including: preparing a job description; how to recruit; interviewing and other selection methods; avoiding discrimination; making a job offer; and rejecting candidates.

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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.


Hiring someone

Guidance to the recruitment process from advertising a position to offering someone a job without breaking discrimination law.

Recruiting staff guidance

January 2019

Acas guide for employers on recruiting staff, covering all recruitment stages from hiring a new employee up until their first day, including: essential documents required, advertising the job, sifting and selecting, completing final details and reviewing if the process was effective and non-discriminatory.

Recruitment advice and guidance

Acas advice for both employers and employees on a wide variety of recruitment topics, including recruiting an employee, social media and recruitment, references for employment and unconscious bias.

Useful templates: Hiring staff

Acas useful template documents to help employers hiring staff, including: job descriptions, person specification, job application forms, equality and diversity monitoring form, written statement of employment, recruitment checklist, job offer letters, pre-employment checklist and a job induction checklist.

Young workers, apprentices and work experience

March 2016

Acas step-by-step guide to employing a younger or ‘new to work’ employee, aimed at employers and managers. Covers recruitment, expectations and responsibilities, employment rights, supporting a younger worker and retaining a younger worker.

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Workplace diversity and inclusion adapts in a time of protests

Finance professionals can boost diversity and inclusion and reduce bias by advocating for change within their organisations.

What is wrong with modern hiring

Article discusses how even though companies do more hiring than ever, the results aren't always as good as they should be, partly due to the sue of outsourcing to external recruitment consultants and the algorithms they may use.

Hiring your first employee? Here's what you should know

Article details the next step after starting your own accountancy practice - recruiting your first employee.

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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.

External resources

Access Accountancy

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).

Minimum wage: work experience and internships

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy May 2013

Government guidance on the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage for organisations who offer work experience, including placements and internships.

Recruitment and disabled people

HM Government

Government guidance on employers' responsibility to not exclude disabled people from applying for a job and reasonable adjustments they must make in the workplace.

Recruitment and hiring

HM Government

Collection of government guidance for various recruitment and hiring topics such as child employment, employment checks, right to work and employing ex-offenders

Recruitment and induction

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

CIPD factsheets, podcats and reports on staff recruitment, selection methods and induction processes

Right to work checks: an employer's guide

UK Visas and Immigration / Immigration Enforcement Updated June 2018

Government guidance on how to carry out right to work checks, why you need to do them, and which documents you can use.

Tell HMRC about a new employee

HM Government

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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