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New members flood to REC

New members flood to REC
The REC has secured a record number of new members in the first quarter of 2010. This builds on the momentum created last year when over 750 new members joined the REC despite the recession.
In the first three months of the year, 210 recruitment businesses have joined the the highest ever first quarter result since records began. This represents a 76.5 per cent increase on 2009 when 119 new members were elected in the first quarter.
The new members represent a wide range of recruitment interests from large multi-nationals to SMEs and niche providers. A high proportion of those joining the REC are from the higher-end of the jobs market. 
Responding to the record number of new members in the first quarter of the year, REC Chief Executive Kevin Green says:
It is extremely encouraging to see that businesses are placing a high value on joining their trade body. The surge in media coverage and high-profile policy campaigns has helped to raise awareness of the RECs work.  We continue to listen to the concerns of recruiters through sector group meetings and REC On the Road events. Growing the membership means enhancing our collective voice which can only be a good thing for the industry especially in an election year.
Commenting on some of the main factor behind the continued increase in new members, Richard Charnock, REC Acting Commercial Director says:
All members now have dedicated account managers with whom they can discuss issues affecting their businesses.  This tailored approach has proved to be a big selling point and is at the heart of our membership offering. The difficult economic climate has increased the need for business support and for practical services such as the free legal helpline. Access to the latest industry research and regular updates on new regulations are also key drivers of this membership growth.


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