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Recruitment Licensing debate very much alive and kicking

Recruitment Licensing debate very much alive and kicking

Electrifying debate at the CBI headquarters

APSCo members voting by text across the country

Over half of recruiters (56%) would consider licensing for the recruitment industry following an electrifying national debate hosted by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) at the headquarters of the CBI in central London.

40% of recruiters were firmly opposed to licensing, with the remaining 4% undecided.

The half-day debate (24/06/10) featured state-of-the-art technology which allowed delegates and panellists to interact in live question and answer sessions and vote on key issues. APSCo members texted and emailed questions to the panellists, displayed live on big screens at the event, from across the country.

Over half of APSCo members (56%) voted in favour of the key motion:
Should APSCo explore the potential for a clearly defined, well-managed and appropriately priced licensing system for the UK recruitment sector?
A packed conference room was enthralled as the panellists locked horns on one of the most controversial and important issues for the recruitment industry. John Mortimer, CEO of Angela Mortimer, and Sarah Veale of the TUC, had a frank and lively exchange of views throughout the debate!
The panel consisted of Paul Whitehouse (Chairman of the Gangmaster Licensing Authority), Sarah Veale (Head of Equality and Employment Rights at the TUC), Kevin Barrow (Partner at Osborne Clarke, the international law firm), Gary Franklin (Founder of The Forum for In-house Recruitment Managers), David Heath (of Alexander Mann Solutions), John Mortimer (Chief Executive of Angela Mortimer) and Simon Alcock (of the British Standards Institute).

Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo, comments: The event was a huge success and will be seen as one of most important debates the recruitment industry has had in recent years. The panel was inundated with questions from recruiters from around the country in what was an exciting and highly engaging event. The licensing debate is very much alive and kicking.

Thus is a topic that recruiters want to debate and to establish what really benefits recruiters, end-users and candidates.

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