It’s safe to say that the UK is having a stellar summer. With Britain's heatwave being welcomed with open arms, marked by BBQ smoke filling the air, chants of ‘it’s coming home’ still ringing across the country and Love Island's finale warming hearts, there have been plenty of reasons to celebrate.
With the good weather and good times, the rise in temperature often results in rising temptations to drink for us Brits. Whilst most of us are familiar with the risks that come with drinking too much alcohol, Britain has earned itself a reputation of being a booze-loving nation. Over the World Cup, beer consumption skyrocketed – with pubs pouring an estimated 18 million pints during the England vs Sweden match alone – prompting police warnings to drink responsibly. Although most of us would like to think we have a handle on our drinking, there’s evidence to suggest that Britain’s taste for booze is not just confined to the personal sphere.
At work, liquor is often at the centre of Christmas party mayhem, workplace wins and Friday night celebrations to mark the passing of the working week. Although the ‘Mad Men era’ where whiskey was necked throughout the day is (largely) long-gone in Britain’s business world, alcohol’s presence in certain sectors remains strong. One of those is recruitment.
In this issue, we explore the industry’s relationship with alcohol and examine other key topics, including the demise of Britain’s high-street and its impact on retail recruitment and how the sector should prepare for IR35’s ‘inevitable’ private sector roll out...
Bev joined GI Group in January 2017 as the UK & Ireland CEO. Her responsibilities include temporary and permanent recruitment across a UK wide network of branches and onsite managed client operations, professional search and selection, coaching, career development, career transition and training.
Keith is the Chair and Board Director of SAFERjobs, an organisation which protects jobseekers and recruitment agencies from labour market abuses. He also Chairs the European Chapter of the NAPBS, the trade association for candidate background checking companies, is Director of REED Screening, and Chairs the National Association of Student Employment Services.
Ann has over 30 years’ recruitment experience that includes time as Managing Director of Learning Curve and UK Sales Director at Computer People.
Adrian is the Founder and Managing Director of Lawspeed, the recruitment law specialist consultancy. Adrian has been involved in various legislative consultations including the Conduct of Employment.