October 2018
October 2018

Editors Letter


Do you speak robot?

As someone who is ‘digitally native’, assimilating to computer technology has been easy. Recalling my earliest memories of playing CD-ROM games, evolving to sending gifs via MSN messenger, to purchasing my first smart phone, digital’s perpetual presence has, on the whole, been a positive experience.

Yet, growing up alongside my personal technology and evolving with it, the nuances of its needs - the whirring of my laptop when I’ve been perusing Netflix too long or rebooting my phone to trick it into thinking it has more memory - are aspects few of us have patience for today, especially when we are just expected to acquiesce to digital we didn't ask for.

Just recently, an ePassport automaton failed to recognise my face at a busy airport in Spain. The attendant told me the glare from the laminate affected the machine’s ability to read information and I should join the queue where a human passport checker could help. My immediate thoughts were, what was ever wrong with leaving this decision to a human? It’s this question which we endeavour to explore in this issue – not in regard to the Spanish airport, but, the tools which are eliminating human decision making in recruitment.

Could automation within this space also be disregarding those it cannot recognise? What barriers to employment is it creating for those who can’t speak robot? In this issue, we explore the consequences alongside the efficiencies advanced technologies are having on the sector. We also speak to industry figureheads about how Brexit is impacting how they fish for talent and speak to Recruit Ventures about why so many recruitment startups fail...

Rianna FulhamSignature
Rianna Fulham - Online 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