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Analysis of how relevant labour market trends relate to the ongoing human resources planning of Marks & Spencer

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Analysis of how relevant labour market trends relate to the ongoing human resources planning of Marks & Spencer When analysing the information of the labour market statistics, it is noticeable that M&S have explored national and local labour markets in relation to its workforce, which can be used in the nearest future. The relevant labour market trends are very important in human resources planning; because Marks & Spencer have to plan how they go on to conduct new recruitments, hiring the right people suitable in the labour market. The main initiative of Marks and Spencer using labour market statistics is to plan ahead of their current competitors and rivals. Therefore the Human resources will be able to forecast and carry out projections of its future staffing needs. By carrying out this, Marks and Spencer can develop the right strategies for recruitment, training and development of its employees. They use labour market trends, such as external labour market that show the amount of vacancies in a job centres, if they can see if they are able to plan to recruit. By looking at the availability of skills, Marks & Spencer can predict whether their future plans to employ certain number of people with certain skills can be attained, depending on the availability of workforce. ...read more.

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A skills questionnaire may also be of help to the Human Resource Department to identify possible mentors and to plan training events if skills shortages are identified. This information is of use to the Human Resource Department when deciding whether to advertise internally. (Unfortunately it was not possible to gain a skills questionnaire from Marks and Spencer). Statistics and information would be collected on employees already within Marks and Spencer, which would cover the following areas: * The number of employees in particular job categories * The skills available * Skills analysis * Performance results * Promotion potential * Age distribution and length of service * Staff turnover The number of employees in particular job categories This figure will give a broad overview of the numbers in M&S who already possess certain broad category skills, for instance in a Premier division football team this could be the number of strikers, midfielders, defenders or goalkeepers. Or it could identify those who already have Premier division experience and those who are novices at that level. The skills available It may be helpful to identify the current skills held by the labour force and see how many of these are transferable (a skill used in one particular job may be transferable to another job). ...read more.

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Too high a level of staff turnover will mean that there will be high additional costs of staff replacement and recruitment, additional training costs and disruption to the quality of service or to production. Conclusion In conclusion I have found out the importance of analysis of labour market and its effect on HR planning. The employees are M&S biggest investment, they are the main aspect of driving the business forward, they are the closes people to costumers, they are the minds of business and therefore the biggest assets of the organisation. It effects the HR planning effectively because their responsibility is to recruit the right employees, keeping the cost to the minimum. Therefore the labour market information provides them with vital information which affects their plans of recruitment. However I have also realised that it isn't only the current recruitment which benefits from the labour market information, it is also used for future prediction. HR planning must predict their employment situation in future periods, in order to prevent any errors with the availability of skills and employment. ?? ?? ?? ?? Unit 4 Omid Ashrafi 15-A1 ...read more.

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