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REC launches sector group for the legal and HR sectors

REC launches sector group for the legal and HR sectors

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) raised the curtain on its newest sector group specifically for members working in the legal and HR field at a roundtable event held at the Law Society.

A large number of REC members operate within niche markets such as legal and HR recruitment. With the formation of REC Legal and HR, recruiters operating in this sector will receive services such as bespoke legal advice, specialist lobbying and PR campaigns, and networking meetings that will seek to further their knowledge, reputation and professionalism.
The roundtable -attended by top legal and HR representatives from Career Legal, Michael Page, Adept Recruitment and Oakleaf Partnership, as well as the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) - got to grips with some of the key issues facing the sector.

All attendees were given a comprehensive legal and lobbying update from Tom Hadley, the RECs Director of External Relations.. In addition, Nicola Walker, Senior Policy Advisor from the CBIs Employment Policy Directorate provided an insightful presentation on the implications of the Equality Bill for Legal and HR recruiters.

Commenting on the Equality Bill, Nicola Walker said:

The CBI has been involved in the development of the new Equality Act every step of the way, lobbying to ensure a workable outcome for employers. The key to success will be ensuring employers understand their new responsibilities and have the confidence to tackle diversity issues in the workplace.

Scott Pendry, Policy Advisor to REC Legal and HR, told the first meeting: Fundamentally, recruitment into the legal and HR sectors has bounced back from the recession. This does not, however, mean that these sectors are in the clear and with this brand new sector group, we want to make sure we are on the front foot during this very productive period of change to help firms get the best people

He also told the meeting that he was looking forward to welcoming new members to the sector group, saying: Their quality will help us actively focus on driving our collective vision forward.

The roundtable is just the first of many events that the REC Legal and HR Group plans to hold, the aim being to raise awareness within the sector of REC standards and also to work closer with key stakeholders such as business bodies, the Law Society, legal publications and of course REC members clients.


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