CEO of REC Kevin Green presents at Jobshop UK Director’s Lunch highlighting importance of hiring, engaging and retaining talent

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Directors and clients of Engage Executive Jobs and its sister company, Jobshop UK, gathered at an exclusive event to hear the CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) Kevin Green, discuss why retaining talent is now critical in order to future-proof  success in business.

Addressing the fifty guests at the Italian Villa, Compton Acres, Mr Green highlighted some positive statistics in today’s employment market, including the fact that 31.2 million people were currently employed – a rate of 73.6% of the population; unemployment has fallen from 6.2% to 5.4% in the last year; starting salaries are rising and wage growth is picking up, and productivity is now on the move.  However, the skills and talent shortage continues to worsen, with engineering being affected particularly badly with fifty thousand engineers retiring every year, and just half of the thirty thousand engineers who graduate from university each year choosing to stay in the engineering industry.

With an ageing population where more people over the age of sixty are now choosing to return to work, and more people choosing to become self-employed, due to the flexibility and financial benefits of doing so, work is no longer considered a ‘place’ but now a ‘task to do’ and thanks to the internet enabling people to stay in touch and work whilst they travel, many people consider their office as wherever they happen to be.

Mr Green stressed to guests that in order to future proof their businesses, they must focus on not only hiring the best talent, but to find ways of continually engaging that talent in order to retain those employees with the best skills and stop them moving to a competitor. The days of the passive job seeker are over, with seven out of ten workers searching for new opportunities on a routine basis.  74% are actively searching for a new job or are open to new opportunities; 30% say job searching is a weekly activity; 69% say searching for new opportunities is a ‘regular thing’ and a staggering 35% are preparing for their next job within weeks of starting a new job.

When discussing how recruiters and companies can make the candidate experience a more positive one, Mr Green said: “There is a huge mismatch between candidates and employers wants and needs with eighty percent of candidates saying they are not asked for feedback on their experience.  The most important thing for jobseekers was feedback for unsuccessful candidates, yet just 3% of employers said they considered this an important part of the candidate experience.

“A positive candidate experience is incredibly important as 51% of candidates will talk about their experience with friends and family.  38% of people who had a bad experience will talk to people within their professional network, with 24% choosing not to buy or use the product or service in the future. Crucially, 37% decide not to apply for another position within that company again, and that is all down to one bad experience.”

Engage’s Executive Recruitment director, Sally Bennett, said: “Kevin’s presentation was thought provoking and initiated  much discussion from our guests. Following the success of this year’s Director’s lunches we will be announcing speakers and dates for 2016 shortly.”

Employers can improve the candidate experience by simply adhering to key points outlined in the REC’s ‘Good Recruitment Campaign’ which is available for all employers to download from


Chief Executive of Recruitment & Employment Confederation announced as exclusive guest speaker for Jobshop UK & Engage Executive director’s lunch

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After last year’s extremely well received and popular presentation, I am delighted to announce that Kevin Green, the Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, and the man largely credited with helping transform Royal Mail from losing £1 million a day in 2003, to making over £600 million profit in 2007, will be the guest speaker at the Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs annual seminar on 11th November at The Italian Villa, Compton Acres.

A regular contributor to TV and radio, Kevin will use his wealth of professional knowledge and personal insight during his presentation at the exclusive invite only event.

If you have not already taken up this exclusive offer, please reply to your invite soon as spaces are limited.


The Engage Executive Jobs Seminar 2014

RSTracey Wood, Kevin Green, Frances Miles, Sally Bennett

Chief Executive of REC expresses importance of retaining talented staff to Dorset business community

 Attraction + engagement = performance: That was the simple equation which could increase productivity by 31% and transform many UK businesses, according to Kevin Green, CEO of the REC and guest speaker at the annual Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs seminar on Wednesday 22nd October.

During his hour long presentation at the Harbour Heights Hotel which was full to capacity with guests from the local business community, Mr Green covered key issues in today’s employment and economic market including the increase in self-employment, skills shortage, the growth being seen in all sectors of industry, the rise in starting salaries, and the aging population.

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Mr Green’s lively and engaging analogies cleverly mixed thought provoking statistics with relevant examples of how the current employment market needs to focus on the recruitment of high calibre staff, then retaining that talent in order to compete in a market suffering such a severe skills shortage, which has increased from just 9 to 47 listed skills over the last year.

Other positive statistics highlighted by Mr Green included; Job vacancies are highest since 1988; all regions and sectors are experiencing growth; starting salaries are rising, and 80% of employers will grow their workforce in the next month.  The overall message was one of a ‘dynamic, flexible and booming jobs market.’

Jobshop UK directors, Tracey Wood and Frances Miles, used the seminar to officially introduce the new executive recruitment director, for sister company, Engage Executive Jobs, Sally Bennett.  Sally joins the company with over 12 years’ experience of recruitment in both agency and corporate organisations including Farrow and Ball.


Jobshop UK & Engage executive director, Tracey Wood, said: “We are delighted with the attendance at our fourth annual employment seminar. Kevin Green is always an engaging speaker and we are particularly thrilled he takes time out of his busy schedule to speak at our events.  One of the themes of the presentation centred around the need for companies to understand that best recruitment practices link very strongly with a company’s brand which is essential to attracting candidates in the current market.  With this in mind the REC launched The Good Recruitment Campaign this year, which we will be promoting to our clients.”



Employment & Recruitment Seminar 2014

Jobshop UK & Engage Executive Jobs Announce Recruitment & Employment Confederation CEO Kevin Green as Guest Speaker at Annual Seminar

Kevin Green

Engage Executive Jobs and Jobshop UK are delighted to announce the Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, Kevin Green, as the guest speaker for its 3rd annual Employment Seminar on the 22nd October at the Harbour Heights Hotel, Poole.

Using his wealth of professional knowledge and personal insight, the former HR Director of the Royal Mail, Kevin Green will be discussing the new challenges employers face as economic growth takes off, the changing shape of the UK Jobs market, talent shortages and what employers need in order to attract and retain talent in the next few years.

Jobshop UK and Engage Director, Tracey Wood said: “We are thrilled to have confirmed Kevin as our key speaker for this year’s annual seminar.  Kevin’s vast and in-depth knowledge of the recruitment and employment market always makes him a popular and well respected guest who brings interesting, challenging and informative discussion to the event.”

The Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Annual Seminar will take place on 22nd October 2014 between 11.30 and 2pm at the Harbour Heights Hotel, Poole. Tickets cost £20 and include a buffet lunch.  Early booking is advised as capacity is strictly limited for this exclusive event. Tickets and further details are available from or 01202 674488.

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No Double Dip Recession and the War on Executive Talent.

‘Outstanding, informative and challenging,’ were the words used to describe the Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs annual seminar, which saw CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Kevin Green, take to the stage to talk about trends in the jobs market.

Kevin discussed with the audience of local business professionals that we now have proof there was never a double dip, let alone triple dip, recession.  However, with figures showing that the GDP dropped by 7.2% from peak to trough during these years, the recession now shows to have been much deeper than previously estimated.  However,  GDP rose by 0.3% in the first quarter of 2013 and the predictors are that this will rise to 1.7% across the second half of the year.  This growth has seen permanent vacancies grow at their sharpest rate for 6 years.

Skills shortages continue to be in the fields of engineering, professional, Media/PR, IT, sales and Rail, with a ‘war on talent’ at executive level.  Along with core professional skills, companies are now in need of candidates with an ability to be operational, as well as being able to see the bigger picture.  Inspirational motivators with an ability to embrace change are the employees of the future.

Feedback from the seminar was excellent, with attendees taking the time to comment personally and via Twitter:

Andrew Parker, Sandbourne Marketing –  Great event – and nice to see some lovely old friends!

Sue Kerr Brilliant event Frances Miles – thank you

Paul Kinvig Seriously Frances Miles – the power of that to challenge thinking and strategy was profound! X

Frances Miles Completely agree Paul Kinvig, ’twas a lively, thought provoking talk by Kevin Green which I think could have easily turned into a full morning’s debate had we had more time……. Thank you as always for your contribution and insight.

Paul Kinvig:  Big shout out today to Frances Miles &the team at JobshopUK & Engage for a brilliant seminar this morning. Kevin Green from REC was simply outstanding!

Sue Brade-Waring, Asprin Business Solutions:  Always a great atmosphere at Jobshop Events. I finally understood the need for a proper People Plan, especially as there’s already a talent shortage in some sectors; after all you’d never catch me without a Cashflow Forecast. Once a Finance Director …



REC Report on Jobs – 97% of employers planning to increase their permanent workforce

The latest REC Report on Jobs continues to show increasing signs of positivity regarding the UK economy as a whole. The report showed that:


* The majority of employers (53 percent) are happy with the state of the economy, up 19 percentage points from January 2013 and the highest score registered this year, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The survey also reveals that 97 percent of employers are planning to increase or maintain their permanent workforce and 95 percent intend to increase or maintain their use of agency workers over the next year.

REC Chief Executive Kevin Green said: “The soaring success of the UK jobs market is a direct result of businesses successfully adapting to the challenges faced in the recession.

“As this month’s figures show, flexibility has enabled our labour market to flourish. Employers are growing increasingly confident in the UK economy and making positive hiring decisions as they look forward to next year.”

August’s JobsOutlook survey of employers reports that: • In the next three months, 96 percent of employers plan to increase (49 percent) or maintain (47 percent) their permanent workforce. • In the next year, 97 percent of employers plan to increase (44 percent) or maintain (53 percent) their permanent workforce. • In the next three months, 93 percent of employers plan to increase (33 percent) or maintain (60 percent) their temporary workforce. • In the next year, 95 percent of employers plan to increase (31 percent) or maintain (64 percent) their number of temporary workers.

Employers were also asked about their use of zero hours contracts. The poll revealed that just over a quarter (27 percent) employ at least one person on such a contract, while two thirds say they do not use them at all.  Commenting on the response to this topical question, Kevin Green added:

“Zero hours contracts are just one example of employers using flexibility to meet fluctuations in demand to ensure that their businesses survived the recession and that they kept their staff in work.”

JobsOutlook reports the responses of 600 employers questioned about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next year. Respondents are drawn from across the public, private and non-profit sector, and from across a range of industries and sizes of organisation.

Kevin Green will be our guest speaker at the annual Engage seminar on 13th September.  For more details of how to obtain an exclusive invite, click here

CEO of REC, Kevin Green, to discuss labour market and economic trends at Engage Seminar

 Kevin Green, CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, will be the guest speaker at the Arts University, Bournemouth, on Friday 13th September, when Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs hold their annual seminar.

Using his wealth of professional knowledge and personal insight, Kevin will present what promises to be an informative and relevant discussion on the current UK labour market and economic trends which are affecting all businesses today.

Before joining the REC Kevin was the HR Director at the Royal Mail; responsible for all people-related issues for a business with 165,000 employees.  He was also part of the leadership team which transformed the business from losing £1 million a day in 2003, to making over £600 million profit in 2007.  Kevin is a regular contributor to radio and TV where he is called upon to comment on the UK employment market.

The invitation only seminar is scheduled for 7.30 am with a light breakfast provided and opportunities to network. If you are interested in attending, please contact 01202 674488 or  for details and an invite.


Kevin Green, CEO of the REC, Webinar link and highlighted trends

For those who were unable to catch it, you can now see CEO of the REC, Kevin Green’s webinar on YouTube here.

Kevin outlined the current trends, which are looking increasingly positive for the recruitment industry, as well as the economy as a whole:

According to the REC’s June 2013 Report of Jobs, although the economy is still 3% below 2008 peak, the good news far outweighs any woes:
Over 400,000 new jobs created
Employment at near record levels 29.7 million
Unemployment down 5k last month remains 7.8%
Shortages in many professional and managerial
roles – IT, Engineers, Oil and Gas plus Chefs and
Longer term trends:
Two speed labour market
Ageing population
Flexible work growing
Attitudes to work
Social media adding value
Overseas opportunities
It’s great to see Kevin highlighted the value of social media within business and as an important marketing business tool.
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