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We’re sponsoring REC2020 again

Recruitment has been one of the hardest-hit sectors in the pandemic. The Bank of England has estimated that unemployment is set to double by the end of the year and the number of job vacancies is at its lowest point since records began (see below). It’s not all bad news though, we are starting to see the green shoots of recovery and things are starting to get back to a ‘new normal’.


But how agencies adapt will define the industry for years to come. Recruitment brings its own set of unique challenges in the post-pandemic landscape. Retaining a USP in a more competitive environment, networking with clients and the interviewing process has all changed dramatically.

To help guide you through this tumultuous time we are pleased to announce that we will once again be sponsoring the annual REC2020 event held by our partners at The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). We have continued to support REC over the years and are delighted to be taking part in this year’s event.

The annual REC event will be held virtually for the first time. Although we won’t be meeting under the same roof, this event will bring directors, leaders and business owners from the recruitment industry to discuss change in the post COVID world.


Who will be speaking?

Neil Carberry – the current chief executive of REC – will be hosting the day. Neil has a raft of experience including Managing Director for the CBI and he is a member of both the council of the conciliation service ACAS and the Low Pay Commission

The first keynote speaker for the event will be Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, who is the current Director-General for the CBI. Carolyn has had previous experience as Director of Strategy for the BBC, was a member of the executive board at ITV, and a non-executive member of numerous FTSE-100 companies such as Lloyds Banking Group, The Vitec Group, and Capita plc.

The former CTO and Executive Director of Lonely Planet Gus Balbontin is the second keynote speaker for the day. Gus has spent decades helping businesses steer through rapid change and specialises in culture, products and strategic vision. A natural disruptor, Gus led Lonely Planet to become one of the most recognised brands in the world.

There will be several other speakers at the event including Rob McCargow from PWC, Mark Essex from KPMG and Bev White from Harvey Nash Group.


What will I learn?

  •   Key lessons from previous recessions and pandemics
  •   The critical elements of a powerful culture – how to use them to crisis-proof your business
  •   Recruitment technology – the future and making it work for you
  •   Shaping a future-fit employer brand strategy
  •   Running a company with kindness at its heart 



To kick things off Neil Carberry will welcome everybody with a virtual handshake. The morning will then consist of a talk from our keynote speaker Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, key lessons from previous recessions and pandemics, a keynote panel discussion, followed by a virtual networking break.

After lunch, the afternoon’s main event will be Gus Balbontin. There will also be discussions on how to crisis-proof your business, ‘defining the new norm’ and some more virtual networking.

Click here for the day’s full agenda. 



Who is this event for? This event is designed for HR professionals, thought leaders and anyone interested in change management.

Who is the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC)? REC have been around for over 100 years; they give a voice, provide training and help to drive growth for the recruitment industry.

When is it taking place? 8th September 2020

How much is it? There’s no charge to attend this event.

How do I sign up? See REC2020’s event page here

Published on: 17 August 2020 - By: First Freelance

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