Multinationals must consider global recruits

HR directors in multinational companies must increasingly think about recruiting globally rather than locally, a senior HR professional has warned.

Financial services giant Zurich has launched a recruitment scheme offering graduates across the world the chance to train at any of its global offices. Andrew Rolfe, the firm’s head of resourcing, said HR professionals at multinationals could soon have to join him in looking beyond their nation’s own graduates for future business leaders.

Freedom of movement of workers rules mean multinationals should automatically consider advertising vacancies on their global intranet, rather than just on their home country’s site, Rolfe said.

“HR should make sure they are offering career opportunities outside their home countries,” he told Personnel Today.

“From an HR perspective, it is important to look at pulling people together from across the whole group. A lot of companies, including ourselves, are now looking at online recruitment, and HR should make sure that, when a candidate goes online to look at vacancies, they are able to see global vacancies.”

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