A statement from Ann Swain, APSCo Chief Executive.
Last week’s referendum result to leave the EU is still the main topic of conversation both politically, but also in the professional recruitment sector. While the result may have been unexpected – and many of you will be worried about market volatility, the potential for an economic downturn and the ramifications of recruiting into – or from – the rest of the EU, the reality is that this is where we now find ourselves and as business owners we must deal with the aftermath.
The biggest question for our members, of course, is what will change for your business? The simple answer in the short term is – probably less than you think. We obviously have to wait for a new Conservative leader in early September before any official discussions with the EU can take place, and the exit negotiations are likely to take a considerable amount of time. Therefore, it is safe to say that from a regulatory perspective – whether that’s issues around employment law, immigration, or working overseas – nothing will change this year, or indeed in 2017.
As members of APSCo we will keep you fully informed during the exit process when it is triggered. You can also be reassured that we will provide you with the information and time to understand what any potential changes will mean for your business as well as practical, pragmatic advice on what to do.
At APSCo, we’re looking forward to this year’s Awards for Excellence. The deadline for submissions is now only two weeks away – so please don’t delay in sending us your entries. This year, there are 12 categories, including a new Award for Disability Best Practice. Members can find all the information including entry forms here. Please ensure you submit your forms by 5pm on Monday 11th July.
APSCo is also committed to promoting the APSCo brand as a badge of quality to candidates and end clients – and to providing members with innovative new ways of engaging with clients. We are also passionate about workforce diversity. July will see these two powerful strategic strands combine with the launch of a new Guide for clients, produced with Business Disability Forum (BDF), to help improve the experience of disabled talent in the recruitment process. This follows on from APSCo’s 2015 launch of Best Practice Guide for Recruitment Businesses focusing on disability recruitment. This new Guide “Disability-smart approaches to talent acquisition: A best practice guide to working with recruitment partners”, will help end clients and their recruitment partners to work better together, understand each other’s needs and further demonstrate their commitment to workforce diversity, fairness and accessibility. We will be launching in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester. For more information about the event and to book your place contact Kelly here.