Welcome to our brand new edition

Welcome to our brand new edition

The recruitment industry is always changing - and we have too...

The Windrush scandal. NHS doctor’s careers in jeopardy. Sectors reliant on overseas workers in a ‘talent war’.

With headlines like these, it can easy to view Brexit as nothing more than a myopic, preposterous decision.

The UK has dropped a whole three places when it comes to attractiveness to overseas workers – with concerns about movement the main deterrent, according to research from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). And it’s not just talent that are finding UK outside of the EU unwelcoming - businesses are running a mile too. With the demise of Britain's high street, Airbus potentially fleeing the UK and BMW wary about post-Brexit customs delays on its operations, confidence is awry.

However, there is a glimmer of hope. BCG’s research also found that London was ranked as the most popular city in the world to work. The city, noted for its financial centre and technological prowess, remains attractive, suggesting that despite political turbulence, there’s an association between the city and opportunity.

But how can we make sure the whole of the UK is just as progressive? Fortunately, trade bodies, like the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), are working to ensure that the country remains an attractive place to live and work. But it’s going to take far more than a fancy brochure to prise the highly-skilled from their motherlands. It requires a combined strategy that takes care of and values Britain’s manual workers, cleaners, drivers and social carers, too.

In this issue, we speak to the REC’s Director of Policy & Professional Services, Tom Hadley, to find out how they’re advising the Government to develop an inclusive visa strategy, working with employers to ensure they’re offering good work and where recruiters should position themselves during a time of rapid change. Speaking of rapid change, Recruitment Grapevine has undergone its own digital transformation. We hope you enjoy the new layout.

Rianna Fulham
Rianna Fulham
Online Editor

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
SAFERjobs

Keith Rosser

Chair Director

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 Swain
APSCo

Ann Swain

Chief Executive

Ann has over 20 years’ recruitment experience that includes time as Managing Director of Learning Curve and UK Sales Director at Computer People.

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.