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  • Tuesday, 28 March 2017 9 00 am
  • Tuesday, 28 March 2017 5 00 pm

Workforce Conference

 This event will be held 28th March 2017

RI’s pioneering new The Workforce Conference is an amalgamation of all of the best and most relevant content from our Compliance Conference, World Leaders in Recruitment and FD Forums. This exciting new event will take place on 28th March 2017 at 99 City Rd, London EC1Y 1AX – by Old Street Station.

Take a look at all the presentations from the day: 

Overview of the speakers and their presentations: 

Peter Cosgrove, Group Marketing & Communications Director at Cpl

The Future of Talent

Cosgrove will discuss the disruptive forces of technology; the critical importance of the employer brand; how more work is now being done by machines and A.I. technology; and the changing role of the recruiter – future superstar or replaced by machines?

Jeremy Leslie-Smith, Industry Liaison Manager at The Pensions Regulator

Automatic enrolment for employers: Managing your workforce

Leslie-Smith is on hand to answer all your questions about automatic enrolment: Why is it being introduced? Who is subject to the automatic enrolment duties? What do employers need to do? Find out about the process and the options available.

Sam Allen, Head of Employment and Regulatory at Adecco Group UK and Ireland

IR35 and communication strategies

IR35 in the public sector is undoubtedly the area affecting non-PAYE workers at the moment. Find out about all the regulatory changes, from those affecting businesses generally (such as GDPR, apprenticeship levy) to more specific recruitment-related changes such as off-payroll working in the public sector (or IR35).

Nigel Keohane, Social Market Foundation

Research on the jobs market

Keohane will discuss the SMF’s most recent research into the jobs market and what this means for the recruitment industry and your non-PAYE workforce.

Bob Fahy, Veale Wasbrough Vizards
Roundup of recent status cases, Uber, City Sprint, Pimlico Plumbers and how agencies can avoid being caught up

Fahy will discuss all the latest status cases, including explaining how those decisions were reached. He will also reveal  how agencies can protect themselves and highlight the red flags you should be looking for in contracts. 

Louise Rayner, CEO and Founder of NumberMill

Practical Solutions to Protect Your Margin re IR35 and the GIG economy

Rayner will provide a brief background to trends in the umbrella and accountancy services sector – based on extensive surveys. She will also discuss the legislative back drop referencing public sector IR35 Off-Payroll, Uber & City Sprint & legislation.

Julia Kermode, Chief Executive of the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association

Self-employment, agency and gig working: (the truth) behind the headlines
This session will look beneath the headlines to dispel some of the myths about flexible working as well as provide insights that will help recruiters position the valuable role that they play in facilitating flexible working. In addition, Kermode will provide an overview of the general direction of travel of current government inquiries and some of the potential outcomes that could come out of their reviews.

Jonathan Clarke, Compliance Director at 6CATS International      

Get international contracting wrong and get a criminal record!

What do you really know about the risks your business faces daily, at both financial and criminal level, and who is responsible? How do you manage the country specific and complex fluid scenarios that surround international contract management compliance? Clarke will focus on compliance in Europe, particularly Germany, facing business critical new legislation coming into effect on the 1st April 2017.

Roger Brown, Head of Sales at Bibby Financial Services

An interactive talk about access to finance

Whether you’re starting up on your own or running an established business the vast options can be a little overwhelming. Get ready to join the discussion, share your experiences with others and learn about how others in the industry have taken advantage of the vast number of funding products and services available.

John Deaville, Director at Key Training

How can the industry respond to the Apprenticeship Levy and gain some value from the Tax? 

How can the industry respond to the Levy and gain some value from the Tax? What should the short term and long term strategy be for recruitment businesses to see some return from the Levy, and how can apprenticeship training upskill your workforce?

The morning will feature presentations from HMRC, the pensions regulator as well as the perspective from corporates who recruit large amounts of contingent workers. Agency case studies and information will reflect the legal aspect of dealing with complex workforce working arrangements including information from the Sports Direct and Uber cases, and how you can avoid the negative publicity from these types of cases.

In the afternoon there will be breakout sessions which will allow for greater engagement and provide an opportunity for delegates to talk specifically about their own particular challenges.
There will be six sessions which will each run twice throughout the afternoon. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit four of the six sessions.

Alongside the presentations there is an opportunity to meet and get the help and advice from a select number of service providers who are on hand to assist you with all aspects of managing your temporary workforce. There will be plenty of time to talk to these providers or network in general.

Sponsored by FCSA.







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Nigel Keohane, Social Market Foundation

Nigel is Director of Research at the Social Market Foundation, an independent think tank. He oversees the SMF’s research programme and leads the work on public service reform and commissioning, welfare reform and low pay, and pensions and savings. He is also Deputy Director of the SMF. Prior to the SMF, Nigel was Head of Research at the New Local Government Network think tank, worked in local government and taught history at Queen Mary College, University of London. He has a BA and MA in history from Exeter University, and a PhD in Political History from Queen Mary.

Jeremy Leslie-Smith, Industry Liaison Manager

Jeremy is part of the Industry Liaison team at The Pensions Regulator. In this role he was previously responsible for engaging with many of the UK's largest employers to help them understand the new 'automatic enrolment' duties. Since early 2013, Jeremy’s primary responsibility has been to oversee the preparation of the financial services industry for automatic enrolment. This involves engaging with many of the UK’s financial adviser firms and pension scheme providers as well as speaking at events for various industry specialists.

Before to joining the regulator, Jeremy worked within the financial services industry for 22 years and has extensive experience of dealing with companies in both the private and public sector.

Sam Allen, Head of Employment and Regulatory at Adecco Group UK and Ireland

After gaining a Dual Honours degree in Law and Business Administration from Keele University, Allen went on to qualify as a solicitor in private practice in 2005 – subsequently spending six months at Tollers Solicitors, working in their corporate department. But Allen was keen to use her legal know-how in the world of business.

Having worked for Adecco Group earlier in her career through IT subsidiary Computer People, Allen re-joined the Group in 2006. She now heads-up the regulatory and employment team, dealing with all legal issues with either a regulatory or employment law perspective. She is also responsible for advising the Group on (and implementing) legislative changes – most recently, IR35 and GDPR.

In addition to providing employment law advice in relation to the Group’s employed temporary population, Allen frequently rolls out communication strategies to educate and assist all of the brands within Adecco Group – from general staffing through to professional staffing.

Peter Cosgrove, Director with Cpl

Peter is a Director with Cpl the largest Recruitment and outsourcing consultancy in Ireland and is responsible for Sales, Marketing and Communication’s He founded the Future of Work Institute in Ireland which provides key insights and trends for organisations across the world. He is a regular contributor to the media on areas of talent and the future of work and is on the steering committee of the 30% club, which promotes gender diversity.

Jonathan Clarke, Compliance Director – 6CATS International      


A multilingual senior Compliance Director with over 15 years’ experience providing international consultative services,

throughout the recruitment and contract management markets, predominantly within the IT & Telecoms, Oil & Gas and Pharmaceutical sectors. 

Jon evaluates clients’ needs and requirements and proposes bespoke compliance/audit solutions and advice; he believes in commercial compliance without compromise.

Louise Rayner, Founder - NumberMill Consulting & NumberMill Accounting

Louise is a Chartered Certified Accountant, and has worked in the recruitment & outsourcing sector for 20 years. She held Board level positions at Adecco & Randstad and implemented the Travel & Subsistence dispensation at Adecco for 35,000 contractors. Today, having sold her recruitment business to Staffline, she is the CEO and founder of NumberMill, specialist in compliance, umbrella and accountancy services.  NumberMill have recently launched 2 new services Protect IR35 Protection and Gold Book-Keeping, both approved by Accountax.

Roger Brown, Head of Sales at Bibby Financial Services

Roger Brown is a veteran of financial services with over 30 years of experience in supporting businesses with banking and alternative finance solutions.  Currently Head of Sales for North London at Bibby Financial Services he has a genuine passion for the recruitment sector. 

Bibby Financial Services is the UK’s largest independent invoice finance provider and an award winning provider of financial solutions to the recruitment industry – recognised as the best Banking & Financial Services supplier at the 2017 Recruitment International Awards.

Amanda Davies, Managing Director of ISV Software

ISV Software are best known for their candidate testing software which enables recruiters to get the measure of each applicant. ISV work with Recruiters and HR teams to find the best skilled candidates for the jobs in question. During this session Amanda will be sharing top tips to help whittle down your workforce to find the most appropriately skilled candidates whilst maintaining compliance and meeting your client’s expectations.