Hiring Staff

Articles and guides on hiring staff for UK SMEs looking to grow their business and build a capable workforce. Topics include: identifying staffing needs, defining job roles, sourcing candidates, evaluating applicants, and selecting for best fit in the enterprise.

Employing & managing staff

Virtual right to work check – who offers them?

From 1 October the government will make its virtual right to work check permanent. The Home Office has drawn up a list of approved digital ID check providers. Which one could be best for your small business?


8 key things to do when employing people

Follow these steps to manage employment costs and ensure a productive relationship with new employees

Employing & managing staff

How to hire overseas employees

Let’s take a look at the process of finding and managing an overseas workforce online.

Employing & managing staff

The five phases of successful reference checking

Regardless of when you ask for references, there are five stages that make up any thorough reference checking process, says David Haines.


Poor hiring decisions generate losses of up to £15,000

New research from CV-Library reveals the real cost of bad recruitment for small businesses.


Growth in permanent hiring despite uncertain outlook

Permanent and temporary placements rise 1 per cent year-on-year, yet permanent vacancies decline within IT and Finance, research reveals.


Why SMEs fear hiring new staff in 2017

More than half of SMEs do not plan to recruit in 2017 amid Brexit nerves, Close Brothers research reveals.


SMEs reluctant to take on new staff in 2017

Businesses are cautious about hiring amid nerves about economic prospects and the uncertainties of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Employing & managing staff

How to hire the right talent at the right time

What you look for in new recruits, and how you attract them should evolve as your business grows and develops, says Alice Weightman.


SMEs relying on flexible staff to overcome skills shortfall

The bulk of UK small and medium-sized enterprises depend on flexible workers, including freelancers, part-time and project staff, to overcome national shortages in skilled employees.

Employing & managing staff

I have found the right job candidate. Can I cancel other interviews?

I am in the process of interviewing candidates for a job, but after the first couple I feel that I have found the perfect person for the position. However, I have other interviews set up. Do I have to follow through with these?


Businesses keen to hire but productivity questions remain

The hiring intentions of UK businesses are at 'sky-high' levels with figures stronger than the heady days of the mid 2000s boom, research finds.

Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

Partner content

Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

Partner content

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