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The wrong way to recruit
Hiring algorithms aren't everything. The author presents three ways to improve your recruitment process.

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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.

Case law: Employer unlawfully discriminated against white, straight, male job candidate

April 2019

Employers must ensure their recruitment policies do not systemically favour job candidates with protected characteristics, such as a particular gender, sexual orientation, race or disability. However, they can operate a 'positive action plan' provided the relevant candidates are genuinely as well qualified as other candidates to do the job - or risk a discrimination claim.

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Maintaining an effective board

Chapter 9 looks at the board and good governance, which includes the work of the nomination committee. Board diversity, corporate culture, succession planning and recruitment to the board, director induction and development and board evaluation are all covered.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Employing younger workers - Acas guidance

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.

Guidance: recruiting staff

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.

Recruiting an employee: A step-by-step guide

Special guide aimed at SMEs, explaining simple employment best practices and how to avoid pitfalls. Contains two myth-busting case studies examining possible real-life recruitment scenarios a business might face.

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.

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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.

Is age the last workplace taboo? Despite people living - and working - for longer, employers are still landing in legal hot water, and missing out on vital talent

The article reports on the prevalence of age discrimination in the workplace in Great Britain. Topics discussed include the percentage of the country's workforce aged over 50, the challenges of recruiting and retaining an experienced and skilled workforce, and the need for businesses to adopt a zero tolerance policy towards age discrimination

Making the move to 21st century recruiting

The article offers suggestions for employee recruitment. It highlights the various recruiting tools and approaches for employee selection and references in a business enterprise. Also emphasized are the challenges in job application and the potential choices for human resource (HR) personnel in hiring accountants

Why do we still have unpaid interns?

The article describes the continued prevalence of unpaid internships in Great Britain which affects social mobility and is considered illegal in many cases. It is estimated that between 70,000 and 100,000 unpaid internships take place in Great Britain each year. According to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, more than 550 warning letters have been sent to companies over the previous three months, as of April 2018. Interns classed as workers should be paid at least the national minimum wage.

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Useful links 

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 introduction
Factsheet by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), last revised February 2018. 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 2017
A June 2017 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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