by Kate Russell


This topic will help you to recruit effectively, avoiding the common pitfalls. It sets out the legal requirements applicable during the recruitment process as well as best practice and some useful hints and tips to help you recruit the right person for the job, saving you time, money and effort.

Getting it wrong can be both expensive and frustrating. These sobering statistics give us a clue:

  • Accuracy of recruiting when using interviews alone is approximately 33 per cent.
  • The direct cost of recruitment is approximately £2k per person for a straightforward job. It will be more for complex and more senior roles.
  • Advertising costs can be steep; they range from about £400 in local papers to £25k in Sunday broadsheets.

Your organisation may have its own policies that relate to this topic. You should always check these policies before taking any action that could carry personal or organisational liabilities, and seek qualified advice if there is an apparent conflict between your organisation’s policies and the content of this topic.

This is the UK version of Alchemy Assistant and the references to laws and statutes relate to the United Kingdom.


Note: Throughout this topic ‘he’ and ‘him’ is intended to include both male and female employees and workers.

Copyright © Kate Russell