Recruitment guidelines

all the resources you need to find the right candidate

The guidelines below are designed to help ensure your recruitment process runs as smoothly as possible.

We are happy to provide advice on any aspect of the process you are unsure about, so if you have any questions, do feel free to contact a member of the HR team.

Recruiting salaried academic, research, and teaching staff

The Recruitment and Selection Policy & Procedure [PDF] for academic, research and teaching staff lays out all the key stages of the process, and contains many of the key documents you will need.

Useful further reading also includes:

Guidance on employing LSE Fellows & Teaching Fellows [PDF]

Procedure for advertising one post across different bands [PDF]

Single nomination policy & procedure [PDF]

Recruiting salaried professional services staff

The PSS Recruitment and Selection Policy & Procedure [PDF], lays out all of the key stages in the process of recruiting salaried professional services staff.

As of 31 October 2019, an anonymised applications process applies to the recruitment of all professional services roles. Under this process, the personal details of all applicants will be witheld from the recruitment panel at the shortlisting stage. 


Graduate internships

If you are considering recruiting a member of staff under the LSE Graduate Intern Scheme, please refer to the guidance on the LSE Careers website.

As of 31 October 2019, an anonymised applications process applies to the recruitment of graduate internships through the School's e-recruitment system. 

Recruiting hourly-paid and casual staff

Please refer to our guidance on appointing hourly-paid and casual staff, for the following roles:

  • Casual Staff
  • Emeritus Teachers, Guest Teachers, and Graduate Teaching Assistants
  • Hourly paid research staff
  • Hourly paid support staff

If you have any questions, or need assistance in deciding which contract is appropriate, please feel free to contact a member of the HR Hourly & Casual Operations team

Recruiting temporary staff

LSE operates a preferred suppliers list for the recruitment of temporary agency staff.

For further information, please refer to our Recruiting temporary agency staff procedure [PDF]. This document also includes information about agency worker regulations and pay rates.

To discuss whether recruiting a temporary member of staff is the best option for you, and for details on how to begin the process, please feel free to contact your HR Adviser.


Visa Sponsorship

Depending on the role, it might be possible to sponsor an individual to work at the School. The flowchart below shows the visa sponsorship process.

Please click here to view the flowchart 

For more details about visa sponsorshops, or if you have further questions, please visit the Visa sponsorship webpage.

A to Z of other useful documents


In addition to these guides, the HR division also runs a one-day recruitment and selection training course. Whether you are new manager at the School, or a more experienced manager looking to brush up your recruitment skills, then please sign up! To enrol, visit the online training booking system.