Good recruitment is vital for every organisation - finding the right people for the right roles at the right time. It ensures that the workforce has the relevant skills and abilities for the organisation's current and future needs. Effective recruitment is not just about filling an immediate vacancy but about having an impact on longer-term issues, such as future skills development, organisational performance and employer brand.

This factsheet looks at what recruitment entails and outlines the UK law affecting recruitment activities. It describes the stages of the recruitment process: defining the role, including job analysis, job description and person specification; attracting the applicants using both internal and external methods; managing the selection process; and, finally, making the appointment and employment offer.

This factsheet was last updated by Stella Martorana, CIPD Research Associate.

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