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Leading trade association for recruiters placing social workers to merge into APSCo

Leading trade association for recruiters placing social workers to merge into APSCo

The leading trade association for recruiters placing professional social workers has merged into the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

All 13 recruitment businesses who are members of the Association of Social Work Employment Businesses (ASWEB) have become full APSCo members while ASWEB itself now functions as a sector group within APSCo, retaining its name and logo. The ASWEB sector group is chaired by Ben Arnold, Managing Director of Amicus Recruit.

ASWEB was established in April 2007 to raise professional standards among both recruiters placing social workers and among the locum social workers who they place. ASWEB members are bound by rigorous, independently audited standards to ensure candidates are properly accredited and matched to suitable roles. ASWEB is also responsible for organising professional training for social workers following the abolition of the Greater London Post Qualifying Consortium.

The 13 ASWEB members are: Reed Social Care, Social Work 2000, Backstop, Sugarman Group, Action First, DASH, Caritas Recruitment, Remedy Recruitment, Amicus Recruitment, Fawkes & Reece, DLK Social Care, Medicare First and Manpower.

The ASWEB members have a combined turnover of approximately &pound55 million per annum and about 2,000 contractors on assignments at any one time. Together, ASWEB members represent over half of the staffing market for locum social workers. There are currently around 93,000 professional social workers in the UK.

According to APSCo, both trade bodies are leading the way in championing professional standards in recruitment, but APSCo will also provide substantial commercial benefits to ASWEB members, which will make the tie-in mutually beneficial.

Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo, commented: “We are delighted to bring ASWEB under the APSCo umbrella. We see this as a logical fit. Both ASWEB and APSCo members place candidates who are predominantly graduates with professional qualifications and both trade bodies share a common determination to raise professional standards.”

“APSCo can offer the kind of commercial benefits and infrastructure support which can be prohibitively costly for a small association to provide.”

She added: “Many of the business innovations, such as master vendors and preferred supplier lists (PSLs), which have been around in recruitment markets like IT for years, are increasingly prevalent in the markets that ASWEB members operate in. APSCo members will be able to provide vital business intelligence to the ASWEB sector group in areas such as these.”

Ben Arnold, Managing Director of Amicus Recruit and Chairman of the ASWEB sector group, said: “We approached APSCo because of their reputation for energy, innovation and ability to deliver a superb service to their members. All our members are extremely excited about moving forward.”

Debbie Smith, Chief Executive at Caritas Recruitment, added: “ASWEB and APSCo complement each other extremely well. We became aware that we needed some investment of time to ensure our market was correctly represented, and at every corner the name of APSCo was significant in all areas of importance to ASWEB members - they are rigorous about professional standards, passionate about keeping their members informed and maintain a high touch relationship with the professional recruitment market.”

“ASWEB members will benefit from APSCo’s considerable lobbying clout and the support it provides members and is confident that being part of APSCo will only enhance the ASWEB reputation for quality”.

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