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


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

  • COVID-19 business support podcast*
  • Templates and guides to help your business and your workers 

*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.  

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

Introduction to the REC's latest industry status report and a look ahead at what to do in 2021  

"We have a really robust industry and this is reflected in the 2019/2020 UK recruitment industry status report. The total industry GVA in 2019 is up 8% from 2018." Kate Shoesmith 

The status report out on 16th December is an insight into the shape and size of the industry in 2019 to help recruiters plan for their businesses in 2021.

Also in the episode Neil Carberry on giving evidence to the APPG on loan charges for their work on understanding the role of Umbrella companies. "The government need to look at how Umbrellas should be regulated and create a fair and ethical playing field."

COVID-19: Essential business lessons for recruitment leaders

We've curated over 60 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

(07.10.20) In collaboration with Randstad, The Adecco Group, and ManpowerGroup, we have produced an overview of around 80+ measures, which can support the development of COVID-19 protocols. These measures can be freely used by businesses across their own industries to create their own tailored protocols. Tailored guides are available for the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

(15.09.20) 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: 

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