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Procurement and evolving supply models are key challenges

Procurement and evolving supply models are key challenges for specialised recruiters, says REC Technology
Technology recruiters have reported increased hiring activity and confirmed a more upbeat outlook for 2011. At the same time, recruitment professionals are having to pre-empt changing client needs and navigate large scale procurement exercises in order to compete for business.
These were some of the key messages from the REC Technology Group's Member Meeting which saw specialised recruiters coming together to discuss key trends and external challenges for the technology sector.
Guest speakers from Transport for London (TfL) and from managed services provider Alexander Mann provided a client perspective and an overview of the latest trends in managed services and RPOs.
Members also fed into the key policy campaigns being driven forward by the REC Technology Group including IR35, security vetting, AWR, Intra Company Transfers (ICTs) and the impact that the immigration cap is expected to have on the technology market.
After the event, Jeff Brooks, Chair of REC Technology said:
The feedback on general market trends is encouraging and fits with the monthly Report on Jobs data. Looking ahead, recruiters need to be ahead of the game in terms of understanding changing client needs and being able to work via different supply models. Our aim is to continue providing crucial market intelligence by building links with employer organisations and specific businesses and by driving forward our research agenda.
Recruiters increasingly recognise the need to focus on the bigger picture and to pre-empt external challenges. Influencing and raising awareness of the changing regulatory landscape is a key part of this and there are huge opportunities to further amplify the sectors voice on issues such as skills, procurement and flexible working. The ongoing feedback is the lifeblood of our campaigning work this months meeting has set the scene for an action-packed 2011.


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