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REC hosts study visit from Nordic and Irish recruitment federations

REC hosts study visit from Nordic and Irish recruitment federations

A delegation of members from the Nordic and Irish recruitment federations has today and yesterday been learning more about the UK recruitment industry and the current challenges it faces during a two day study visit to the REC.

The fact-finding event was arranged following a meeting of the Nordic Federation in Oslo last year addressed by REC Chief Executive Kevin Green and a visit to Ireland last year to meet representatives of its National Recruitment Federation.

During the two day visit, based at the REC’s London office, delegates from the Finnish, Norwegian, Danish and Swedish Federations, and Irelands NRF have heard about a number of initiatives. These included a discussion on Public and Private Partnerships, co-presented by the REC and Jobcentre Plus and a full brief on the REC’s approach to raising standards within the industry through its ongoing Compliance Review due for completion this year.

An overview of the use of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) and its new-look suite of qualifications plus a preview of the forthcoming CIETT World Employment Conference in May and a full update on progress following the implementation of the Agency Workers Regulations rounded off their study of the UK jobs market.

Commenting on the aims and purpose of the visit, Kevin Green said:  “Forging links with and working more closely with our international colleagues to share best practice and knowledge is part of our objective to transform our global industry when later this year, the REC will be hosting the CIETT World Employment Conference in London.

“We were also able to share a wide range of our thinking on what best practice looks like especially through work on compliance review, our Institute and progress on AWR.”

Henrik B&aumlckstr&oumlm, General Director of the Swedish Staff Agencies Federation said: “We have learned a lot about the interesting work the REC does on the education of recruiters and also the amount of work being done in communication with member companies.  It has been great to find out the processes the REC has in place to send out so much of this information.”

Even Hagelien from the Norway Federation added: “It is very important to learn from each as we are all dealing with common issues. We are a very young industry and we view the REC as a senior federation. As we are still dealing with those in our country who are carrying out their businesses in a bad way,  it is good for us as a young organisation to be given the knowledge on how to deal effectively with such bad practice.”

Adding the Irish perspective on the visit, Geraldine King, Director of the NRF, said: “It has been a very informative visit. I think we can learn a lot through working in partnership with the REC because as countries, we have so much in common in terms of legislation and working practices. Between us, we can do a tremendous amount to professionalise the industry and raise its overall profile.”

Members of each of the federations will be among the delegates attending the World Employment Conference in May. For more details about the Conference and how to be a part of it, go to:


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