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New-look REC Technology Group

New-look REC Technology Group given expert advice on how to conquer recession

Over 40 technology recruiters attending the first quarterly meeting of the year for the Recruitment and Employment Confederations newly rebranded REC Technology sector group were offered expert guidance on how to grow their businesses in a downturn.

A panel discussion was the highlight of the meeting during which leading sector recruiters and employers gave their views on how members could navigate their way through the recession.

The panel addressed practical issues such as giving staff the option of working part-time or from home and how cutting back on unnecessary spending could save businesses thousands of pounds.

Sean Quinn, a former technology recruiter who is now BSkyBs Talent Resourcing Manager, said the company was still growing and was looking to recruit long-term. He told members they needed to find ways of adding value to their service and to look after their existing customer base.

Dave Pye, Chief Executive Officer of Square One, said the three key elements of surviving a downturn were to communicate with staff keep an eye on the cash and work closely with customers.

Other members of the panel included Sean Woods, Sales Director of Glotel and Jon Tyler, Director at E-Resourcing.

The REC Technology Group also launched an industry sector profile at the meeting. The profile published by the RECs Industry Research Unit provides a comprehensive and in-depth assessment of the current state of the sector and gives pointers to 2009 opportunities for agencies working within.

Also now available is the quarterly report on the Demand and Supply of Workers in the Information and Communications Sector.

Members also heard from Gail Williams, International Trade Advisor for UK Trade and Investment, who outlined opportunities now available through the organisation for recruiting in international markets.

Commenting after the meeting, REC Technology Sector Group Chair Jeff Brooks said: It is clear that the sector is now beginning to feel the wider effects of the downturn so it is vital that members are given support to help them through the worse of the recession. Having such a distinguished panel to offer their examples of best practice demonstrates the wealth of experience we have at our disposal in this sector.

Copies of the new research papers are available to members at


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