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A regular podcast featuring the leading thinkers from across the recruitment and business world

Meet our host, Neil Carberry

Neil Carberry was appointed as Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation in June 2018 having been managing director at the Confederation of British Industry, leading the CBI’s work on the labour market, skills, energy and infrastructure.  In 1999, Neil began his career in recruitment working for executive search firm Fraser Watson before doing a post-graduate degree in Human Resources at the London School of Economics and joining the CBI in 2004. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the RSA. He is a member of the council of the conciliation service ACAS and a former member of the Low Pay Commission, which recommends UK minimum wages. A three-time nominee to the SIA staffing100 in Europe, he is also on the board of the World Employment Confederation, Total People and a primary academy trust in Oxfordshire. Neil is an RFU qualified rugby coach and is one of the 8000 co-owners who made Heart of Midlothian the UK’s biggest fan-owned football club.


*The views expressed by guests on the REC's Talking Recruitment podcast are not those of the REC and reflect the individual's personal opinions.  

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Welcome to our 2023 series

Episode 10: The impact of the Current UK contingent staffing landscape 


Guest speaker:

  • Mark Kieve, CEO at Pixid UK & Ireland



In this episode, Neil Carberry, REC Chief Executive, talks to Mark Kieve, CEO at Pixid UK & Ireland. Mark discusses the challenges and opportunities that have arisen due to economic shifts, changes in employment trends, skills shortages and high inflation.  


In this episode, you’ll hear about: 

  • How the impact of the current UK contingent staffing landscape has shifted the recruitment sector. 

  • How staffing firms can leverage market conditions to provide tailored services to their clients. 

  • How recruiters can stay ahead of the curve by leveraging technology and industry networks. 


Key Quotes:

  • “Skill shortages are being heightened by a significant increase in the number of people out of the workforce due to long-term sickness. This includes, you know, mental health and long COVID.” Mark 

  • “Change of demographics of the foreign nationals constitute to 12% of the UK workforce... and the pool of all country nationals applying to come to work in the UK in 2022, there are a total of 423,000 work visas granted.”Mark 

  • “There is a depth of trusting relationship on delivery and compliance. That could be delivered in a number of different frameworks, but it's the nature of the client relationship that's changing and that feels to me like something that is people led, but Tech delivered.” Neil 

Enjoying our podcasts? Why not join Neil's live webinar to discuss the big issues affecting our industry?

View our 2023 schedule of Neil's Talking Recruitment webinars and book your place early. 

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Recruitment Matters latest edition is now out!

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  • Campaigns: changes to childcare – but we need more.
  • The intelligence: algorithmic hiring represents an emerging area of workplace risk.
  • Big talking point: new AI is emerging at pace and the regulators are struggling to keep up.
  • Legal update: what is the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill?
  • Q&A: Fresh thoughts on diversity and flexibility.

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