REC/IRP – The Week Ahead
19 Mar 2012
This is the weekly snapshot of REC and IRP activities including events, launches, external meetings and policy developments with implications for the recruitment industry.
Monday March 19
- REC attending Making London Olympics a Success Story for British Management at House of Commons.
Tuesday March 20
- REC Official Professionals’ Sector Group- first meeting of 2012 http://www.rec.uk.com/events/event1621
- REC Construction Sector Group – first meeting of 2012 http://www.rec.uk.com/events/event1622
- REC Management Training Course, The New Manager, taking place in Birmingham. http://www.rec.uk.com/events/event1577
- REC Operational Training Course, Start Up Your Own Agency, in London. http://www.rec.uk.com/events/event1605
- Meeting with NHS Employers to discuss strategy for National Agency and Temporary Staffing.
Wednesday March 21
- Chancellor George Osborne announces the 2012 Budget.
- REC attending Portland Comms Budget briefing
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration, REC attending
- REC meeting BIS with David Frost ahead of Flexible Work Commission.
- REC attending Ecobuild 2012 conference
- REC Sales Training Course, Telephone Sales, taking place in Leeds. http://www.rec.uk.com/events/event1520
Thursday March 22
- Third meeting of REC Flexible Work Commission. http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/1897
- REC Technology Group – first meeting of 2012. http://www.rec.uk.com/events/event1624
- REC attending Eurociett board in Copenhagen
- REC meeting with representatives of the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) to discuss pensions
- REC attending yearly meeting in Bonn of ECSSA, the European search and selection organisation.
- REC Operations Training Course, Recruitment Law: Understanding the Essentials, taking place in London: http://www.rec.uk.com/events/event1628
- REC Operational Training Course, Successful Interviewing, taking place in Newcastle: http://www.rec.uk.com/events/event1585
Friday March 23
- REC at Eurociett Board meeting in Copenhagen.
The latest unemployment figures were published last Wednesday which showed another rise of 28,000 in the number of people out of work in the three month period up to January, the figure still standing at 2.67 million. Giving the recruitment industry’s perspective on the figures, Kevin Green appeared on the BBC News Channel explaining what the measures the REC believes the Government could be putting into place to help stimulate growth in the economy to create new jobs.
Also, a new Which? report focused on poor quality of care given to elderly people in their homes. The REC responded saying the real problem lies within the overall care system. Recruitment agencies specialising in providing care staff have a key role in ensuring all front line workers are suitably skilled and vetted. However, increasing pressure on costs and margins were making it an increasingly difficult task.
Other news included:
- There are 2.67 million reasons that Britain needs a Budget for jobs, says REC http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/2039
- International – Brussels round-table drives roadmap for public/private sector partnership http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/2041
- REC response to latest unemployment figures http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/2042
- Report on Jobs: Permanent appointments and vacancies rise at solid rates in North of England, says regional director Keith Gallagher http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/2031
- Employment Law Review - REC statement: http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/2043
- Huge five year growth in interim management sector: http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/2044
- Which? report on elderly care - A recruitment industry perspective: http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/2045
- International – CIETT delegation takes industry message to Japan: http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/2046