UK: Leadership development has become the new top priority for HR professionals in the UK in 2015, and minimising succession risk their 2nd HR priority. Employee engagement, which was the top HR priority from 2011 through to 2014, fell to third place. That is the result of a survey among HR professionals conducted by the Top Employers Institute in the UK, as part of their annual certification programme. 

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All indicators point toward a strengthening U.S. job market, and a growing number of employers are looking to hire hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of new employees. For example, Home Depot announced on Feb. 10, 2015, that it would be hiring 80,000 workers in the upcoming spring months.

While the Home Depot announcement is probably an extreme case of what some recruiting experts call “mass hirings,” many businesses seem to be looking to ramp up their hiring efforts in 2015. And as more employers commit to large-scale hiring, competition for skilled talent will only intensify, which means corporate recruiters and HR professionals must be aware of both the best practices and pitfalls when recruiting and hiring in large numbers.

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