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A sneak peek into REC2021: Why recruitment is pivotal to leading the recovery

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Throughout the course of the pandemic, recruitment companies have played a crucial role in helping keep the economy going. In fact, our latest Recruitment and recovery study reveals the true impact of our industry towards UK's economic growth, and showcases some great examples of resilience, agility and openness.

This year’s REC2021 conference, held virtually on 29 June, is themed around ‘leading the recovery’. Our agenda wouldn’t be complete without industry-leading speakers and your fellow recruitment peers sharing their recovery stories and experiences on how they triumphed during the recent crisis.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll help you shape your itinerary for the conference through our REC2021 sneak peek blog series. In this edition, we’ll introduce you to some of our top sessions on 'recovery' - one of our four core themes:

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Top sessions on recovery

Opening session: Why recruitment is pivotal to leading the recovery

[Welcome address: 10:00 – 10:15]


  • Neil Carberry, Chief Executive, Recruitment & Employment Confederation

In his welcome address, Neil will set out all the latest from the REC – including reflections on the market today, and priorities for the Autumn. As the UK’s recruitment industry body, the REC has been at the forefront of working with recruiters and Government to tackle the effects of Covid-19 and Brexit on the sector. Join Neil as he kicks off the REC2021 conference with a lowdown on what the 2020 crisis taught us and the role recruiters will play in leading our economy's recovery.

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Panel discussion: Blazing a path to success

[Panel discussion: 10:25 – 11:00]


  • Neil Carberry, Chief Executive, Recruitment & Employment Confederation
  • Sanjeev Chopra, Group Finance Director, Amoria Bond
  • James Lloyd-Townshend, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tenth Revolution Group

The global pandemic has affected the lives of everyone; whilst many have had to make sacrifices and just tried to get by, others took this as an opportunity and thrived during these trying times.

Join our panel where recruitment industry giants and successful small business entrepreneurs will talk about how they’ve paved their path to triumph. They will navigate challenges and emerging threats as well as discuss their experiences uncovering and seizing opportunities in the current market.

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Closing keynote: What I have learned recovering from adversity

[Closing keynote: 15:00 – 15:25]


  • Lord Karan Bilimoria, President, CBI and Chairman, Cobra Beer

The “new norm” that we talked about throughout last year is starting to take shape – businesses are looking at hybrid models of operating and putting a bigger emphasis on the wellbeing of their staff.

What are the projections for our economy and big challenges to businesses when building back better and accelerating racial and ethnic diversity and participation in businesses? How do we, as leaders, influence and create a culture that enables diversity to thrive.

Lord Bilimoria will share his insight on what he has learned recovering from adversity and the positive impact a diverse and inclusive workforce can bring to the organisation.

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Why attend REC2021?

  • Focussed sessions - the day is split into two tracks – recovery and growth. Depending on your business or personal goals, you can tailor your agenda. 
  • A diverse range of content - REC2021's agenda is packed with a range of content types from interactive talks and pre-recorded case studies to practical sessions and live demonstrations, so you can get the most of your day. 
  • Expert speakers from all over the world - Following the success of REC2020, we'll continue to bring leading experts and pioneers from the recruitment space under one roof so you can learn and get inspired. 
  • Connect, connect, connect - This year's conference will be held on a state-of-the-art virtual platform and will offer you access to multiple AI-led networking opportunities throughout the day; perfect if you're looking to expand your network.

Who is REC2021 for?

The event is designed for everyone in recruitment  - from recruitment leaders, business owners, managers and consultants - both from the agency and in-house space. 

Last year's conference attracted 1000+ registrations and we saw a good mix of recruitment leaders (C-suite and Directors), managers and consultants, predominantly from the agency space, so you don't want to miss this year's gathering!

View REC2020 highlights

If you are an REC Corporate or Professional member, you can attend this event completely free of charge. 

Non-members can still access the live conference, all the content and take part in our networking sessions for just £150, or join the REC now to attend this conference for free. Alternatively, if you decide to join the REC as a Corporate member within three months of the event, we’ll refund this event fee.

Book your spot for REC2021

Our REC2021 conference is all about helping you lead the recovery - in your business, and for the wider economy. From optimising local opportunities post-lockdown to grabbing what's on the international market post-Brexit, this full-day conference will leave you equipped and inspired for what lies ahead. Sign up now to secure your spot!