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Recruitment Rules and Regulations

Running an organisation often includes recruiting new people to join the company workforce. But, employers must follow all recruitment rules and regulations when sourcing new staff.

RECRUITMENT LAWS UK: As a rule, human resource management (HR) handles company recruitment processes.

The core steps are attracting, selecting, and then appointing suitable recruited candidates. But, recruitment rules and regulations apply to all employers in the United Kingdom.

The undertakings of employing people can also involve choosing individuals for unpaid positions.

Many businesses create voluntary roles or positions for unpaid trainees.

The tasks of sourcing new workers falls most on managers and recruitment specialists. Even so, it also involves public-sector employment agencies or large specialist search consultancies.

Nowadays, the role of finding workers is less labour intensive than many years ago. Filling the vacancies of an expanding business often gets done using internet-based technologies. The core steps of finding new staff will usually include:

  1. Working out the number of new staff required to fill the positions. It also means determining the skills needed to fill each appointment.
  2. Advertising the job vacancies and any new roles created in the business. At the same time, employers must use actions for preventing discrimination at work.
  3. Selecting candidates for the interview procedures and then selecting the successful applicants.
  4. Organising and planning a work programme for recruited staff to settle into. The organisation will want them to become effective without delay and then flourish.

Few employers would deny that the success of an organisation often hinges on its workers. The goal is finding the right number of employees with the right skills and abilities. Keeping them requires even more knowledge and understanding!

This section explains the rules of advertising a job and attracting applicants 'fairly'. It also covers the tricky topic of Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks. There is further information on the UK discrimination law and recruiting apprentices.

UK Rules of Recruitment

Advertise on Universal Jobmatch GuideAdvertise on Universal Jobmatch

UNIVERSAL JOBMATCH: Recruiters can access Universal Jobmatch using their Government Gateway. Advertise your jobs online and then match them to any suitable jobseekers.

Advertise an Internship GuideAdvertising an Internship

GTP GUIDE: Recruiters can use the Graduate Talent Pool to advertise internships. The adverts are free and you can target new and recent graduates.

Criminal Record Check GuideCriminal Record Check

DBS CHECK: The section explains the grounds needed to carry out a criminal record check on another person. You can also find out how to apply to check the criminal records of someone else.

EMPLOYER CHECKS: Your criminal record will get checked if you apply for certain job roles. Examples include times when you will be working with children or in healthcare.

DBS UPDATE SERVICE: There are several benefits of joining the DBS update service. The guide explains how to register online and check the DBS certificate of an applicant.

UMBRELLA BODY: Use the GOV.UK website to search for a DBS umbrella body company. These are companies that can do Disclosure and Barring Service checks on behalf of businesses and organisations.

Recruiting Disabled People GuideDisabled Employees

RECRUITING DISABLED PEOPLE: There are several key employment rules to follow when recruiting disabled employees. All employers must avoid discriminating against disabled people during recruitment.

Employer Checks on EmployeesEmployee Checks

RIGHT TO WORK: Check if a potential employee has the right to work in the United Kingdom. The online tool also lists what documents you should check if you are an employer.

Recruiting Ex Offenders GuideEx Offenders

EX-OFFENDERS: Check how the law on criminal records applies to ex offenders and employment. The section also covers spent convictions, rehabilitation, and the exceptions for DBS checks.

Recruitment Rules and Regulations in the United Kingdom