The survey also includes the opinion of the employees with reference to the policies and management of their organization. 'Provides a nationally representative account of the state of employment relations and working life inside British workplaces' (Report).
The WERS 2004 was conducted in association with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Policy Studies Institute (PSI). The mutual association supplements the fact that broad and possible topics and issues have being discussed and surveyed with comprehensive methodology.
Recruitment is the crucial phase for any employer. The selection of individual/s for particular assignment requires adoption and implementation of practical and comprehensive recruitment policy. The recruitment policy is mainly determined on the factors including job availability, prospects, applicants and training period. After evaluation of these criteria, the employer takes another step i.e. the recruitment should be internal or external. Internal and external recruitment is normal practiced among major corporate sectors. The Internal recruitment is generally preferred because it avoids the employees training and learning period, secondly the employee easily gets mingled with the work environment under different position easily. However the external recruitment brings fresh and new resources and potential into the organization, which needs slight treatment depending upon the organization.
According to WERS 2004, employers have increased preference for the internal recruitments. The report reveals that 68% of the surveyed organizations have equal preference for the external and internal recruitment. However in private sector organizations have higher preference for the internal recruitments, this is because the internal recruitment is also viewed as economical, and the training of the fresh recruitments and time allocation for their adjustment in the work environment is avoidable. The public sector encourages external recruitment, the obvious reason because such organizations have enough financial resources and time to be invested upon the new entrants.
According to the report the employers have now introduced competency test phase for filtering the applicants on the grounds of their knowledge and mental capabilities. The competency test is followed by certain rounds of interviews that also involve group discussion.
The ongoing rise of the competitive forces in the market, make it necessary for the organizations to recruit the best professional available, and this is way the previous recruitment stages have been increased, and new recruitment phases have been included which assist in proper evaluation of the employees. The recruitment stages provide an ample opportunity to the employers to find the appropriate candidate for the assignment. The evaluation of a candidate on the basis of his resume, and references is getting obsolete, and employer prefers personal and interactive session with the desirable candidates for proper assessment and evaluation.
The organizations have also introduced intermediate training courses for its employees; this investment is made on the senior