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Recruitment Matters June-July 2020


In this edition...


  • Top story: REC welcomes Chancellor’s Covid-19 package
  • The view: Neil Carberry
  • Tom Hadley: Lessons from the crisis
  • Latest data: drop in employer confidence because of coronavirus
  • The intelligence: Good mental health can increase productivity
  • Big talking point: Supporting our mental health
  • Legal update: Delayed, not cancelled: the next steps for IR35
  • Q&A: Kellie Gordon
  • What I know: St Giles Trust
  • Food for thought: How to avoid human and machine bias in recruitment

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The View with Neil Carberry

Picture the scene. You’re a recruitment professional. It’s early 2020. You’re thinking about how recruitment can help businesses to overcome their biggest problems – productivity, staff engagement and adapting to new technology. Skills shortages, Brexit uncertainty and IR35 tax changes dominate the debate in our sector.

Then a pandemic strikes. There’s a lockdown, client demand drops in most sectors, but rockets in a few. Big policy changes come in instantly, and your business goes digital. Things change with lightning speed. I don’t know how things look as you read this, but here are a few observations.

This too, shall pass. This isn’t a slowdown caused by economic problems. To protect our fellow humans we must pause the economy. It’s a choice – that’s why governments are supporting firms...

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