When you decide to recruit someone, you are taking a big step for your company. You are growing and expanding and you need someone who has the same ambitions as you and your company. However, there are lots of regulations to abide by. This is a guide to help you find out what to do as an employer.
What should you do as an employer when you’re recruiting?
As a potential employer, you need to answer the following five questions before starting the process:
- What is the most cost-effective way of recruiting the right person for the job?
- Should I advertise the role or use a recruitment agency?
- What sort of contract should I use to fill this job role? Do I need someone on a temporary basis, or a fixed term contract, or does the business require a permanent member of staff?
- What should I be looking for in a CV?
- What are my legal obligations when I’m recruiting staff?
If you decide to try to fill the position yourself, you have to be aware of some of the legislation in place. You have to carefully word your advert as to not exclude applicants based on age. This could be asking for extensive experience, or a ‘dynamic’ applicant. We recommend you use an REC accredited member to advertise your job, such as Aspire Cambridge.
Employment law is constantly changing, and it is vital that all recruiters keep on top of the developments to ensure they are being compliant. As an employer in the UK, you are subject to a complicated series of responsibilities, requirements and legal obligations to employees, potential employees and jobseekers.
There are several things to consider when employing permanent staff members. As well as pay and salary rates, you must also have a plan for maternity (leave and payment), holiday entitlement, pension contributions, sick pay and redundancy. Direct.gov.uk has a section on employing people that may be useful.
Using Recruitment Agencies
Legal Requirements of Agencies Placing Temporary Workers
Recruitment agencies have three responsibilities when placing temporary workers in your organisation:
- Check the health and safety of the workplace
- Take up references for the candidate
- Give you all the information relating to the candidate that may be relevant
Using a Recruitment Agency
If you decide to use a recruitment agency to help you find the right candidate for your job, using an REC member agency ensures that your whole recruiting process adheres to all legal requirements and follows best practice. REC members must prove that they are fully compliant with the law and must abide by a Code of Professional Practice. It is also a condition of membership that they have a complaints policy and procedure in place, and member agencies are subject to the REC’s disciplinary and complaints procedure if the agency fails to live up to its promise under the Code. There is more information here about using an agency.
To discuss recruitment strategies within your organisation, please contact us or give our recruitment team a call today on 01223 855440.