January / February 2019
January / February 2019

Editors Letter


New Year, New Challenges?

Blink and you’ll miss them. Years, that is. Already, we’re a few weeks into 2019 and I feel as if I’m still about to start typing out my start of year editor’s letters for 2018. Which isn’t to say the challenges that the recruitment industry must face up to in 2019 are much different from last year. Brexit, at the moment of writing, is still a gaping uncertainty. Candidates are still expecting an increasingly bespoke, streamlined hiring process. Clients are still turning to recruiters for skills which they’re finding hard to source – and every year there are new in-demand skills which recruiters must magic out of their hat.

Of course, there will be challenges unique to each year but most don’t cease to exist just because the clock turns 00:01 on January 1st. These include, but are not limited to, working towards genuine hiring diversity, making working practises more conducive to better mental health, and overcoming conscious, or unconscious, bias.

One person who has personally overcome these challenges is Liz Johnson, Paralympic medal-winning swimmer. Last year, she founded a recruitment agency called The Ability People – staffed exclusively by people with disabilities. Inside we talk to her about what truly looking for talent means as well as why she teamed up with an industry veteran to help tackle bias.

Also inside: we look at what recruitment is like in Cardiff; why the umbrella industry is facing regulation; and how to create the best candidate experience.

May 2019 be a successful year for all of you.

Sophie ParrottSignature Sophie
Daniel Cave - Managing Editor

 

Contents


Advisory Board

Bev White
Gi Group

Bev White

UK & Ireland CEO

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 Rosser
Safer Jobs

Keith Rosser

Chair Director

Keith chairs Metropolitan Police founded charity, SAFERjobs. He was also recently appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Panel for UK Government on the Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices and is a Committee Member of ECHO, a Home Office body advising on legislation around right to work.

Adrian Marlowe
ARC

Adrian Marlowe

Director, Chair & Chief Spokesperson

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.

Ann Swain
APSCo

Ann Swain

Chief Executive

Ann has over 30 years’ recruitment experience that includes time as Managing Director of Learning Curve and UK Sales Director at Computer People.

Tom Hadley
Recruitment & Employment Confederation

Tom Hadley

Director

Tom Hadley is the Director of Policy & Professional Services at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) - the professional body for the UK recruitment industry, representing 3,200 corporate members and over 10,000 individual members of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP).

Publishing Team