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COVID-19: Podcast, webinars and resources to support your business


This page contains REC resources to help your buisness manage the impact of COVID-19: 

  • Twice weekly COVID-19 podcast
  • Weekly 'Fit for the new dawn' webinar every Thursday at 10am
  • Templates and guides to help your buisness and your workers 

REC has been appointed as one of the Government's Business Representative Organisations to support the national response to Coronavirus, ensuring that recruitment's voice is heard in the key debates. Help us understand the issues that are most urgent to your business via this survey or by emailing We'll take your questions and feedback directly to Ministers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) podcast series

Episode 32: Candidate experience still matters – recruiters and employers ignore it at their peril

When COVID-19 hit, business priorities shifted. Survival took priority for many, and the candidate experience got lost in the midst of need for speed - recruiting in retail and health for example.  

Candidate experience is back on the agenda as businesses’ hiring intentions are slowly improving. But as consultants to your clients, how can agency recruiters step in to help their clients improve the candidate experience? We were joined by Steve Bernard, Founder of Connectwell, and a Good Recruitment Collective (GRC) signatory to share his advice for agencies and clients on:

  • Shifting perceptions about candidate experience
  • How recruitment agencies can help clients struggling with candidate experience
  • The role of recruiters in providing professional advocacy to the candidates
  • Advice for employers on candidate experience management




COVID-19 support webinars: 'Fit for the new dawn'

As part of our COVID-19 response efforts, we’ve launched a webinar series titled ‘Fit for the new dawn’ aimed at recruitment business owners to help you navigate these uncertain times. These webinars are free-to-attend for all.

Sign up to our upcoming webinars here

COVID-19: Essential business lessons for recruitment leaders

We've curated over 35 hours of webinars and podcasts featuring industry experts to bring you the big business lessons COVID-19 has taught us. Get your free copy of the digital guide here.

Resources to support your business

Crisis comms
  • Our comms team have created a guide to help members deal with crisis comms and managing journalists. To request the guide, contact Director of Sales and Marketing, Kate Shoesmith, or Head of Communications, Shazia Ejaz
Data protection
  • The Information Commissioner’s Office has created a Coronavirus hub on their website to help businesses and individuals navigate data protection during the pandemic - find it here
Health and safety

As some of the earlier lockdown measures are eased and businesses are returning to work, there many questions about how to manage health and safety issues relating to coronavirus.

We have put together: 

  • a more comprehensive guide for recruiters, covering many of the questions relating to health and safety and including links to useful resources. This is a member-only resource.
Labour market intelligence
  • (09.04.20) Press release - Report on Jobs: Recruitment activity falls sharply as COVID-19 pandemic hits the UK - see the press release here.
  • JobsOutlook data on employer confidence, hiring intentions and much more.  
Mental health and wellbeing
  • REC business partner Howden has created a hub of resources to help employers manage employee wellbeing during the covid-19 crisis, including advice for working parents, dealing with anxiety, and productivity - find it here
Planning for the future
Understanding the Government's support package