Time Conference Session
9.00 – 10.00 Registration
10.00 – 10.45 Keynote Speaker: Future Perfect?
George Zarkadakis, Digital Lead, Willis Towers Watson
George Zarkadakis, Digital Lead of Willis Towers Watson, draws on his company’s recent study HR 4.0: Shaping People Strategies to give an insight into the world of work and the context in which that work exists. What are the real possibilities and challenges for the future of work and the way we work? What are the expectations among candidates, clients and recruiters? This is a chance to see what that world could be like and therefore to understand where recruitment and recruitment businesses will stand.
10.45 – 11.15 Keynote Speaker: The Robots are coming – but not taking over.
Samantha Hurley, Operations Director, APSCo
Against a backdrop of evolving new technology in the world of work, how are recruitment firms responding? What tools are recruiters using, what could they use and how are they responding to ensure that the ‘human touch’ is not lost? The Global Recruiter and APSCo have launched a major survey among recruiters – the results of which are presented exclusively here. This session will reveal what can – or should – be automated and what new roles are likely to evolve as a result of the seemingly endless march of AI.
11.15 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 12.45 Technology Panel
Hosted by James Osborne, Chairman, The Recruitment Network
Representatives from recruitment technology businesses take the stage to discuss the opportunities and possibilities of new technology in the recruitment function. This session will identify where recruiters can achieve a significant and positive impact on their businesses through technology. What kind of internal system should every recruiter consider? What have been the latest developments for the potential of CRM, ATS and other internal solutions. Are recruitment companies using technology to its full extent and are there other industry sectors who can offer new ideas to the recruitment function?
Gary Cordery, Regional Sales Manager, UK&I, Bullhorn
Ryan McCabe, CEO, Odro
Terry Hillier, Owner, People Group
Neville James, UK Sales Director, CloudCall
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Agency Panel
Hosted by James Osborne, Chairman, The Recruitment Network
A selection of recruitment agencies discuss the impact of digitalisation and the changing workforce on their practice. How are recruitment businesses evolving? What skills do recruiters need to be able to deliver great service to candidates and clients? How do they manage the implementation of technology in their businesses given an increasingly tech-savvy candidate and consultant? While the future may be promising, have there been major pitfalls/disappointments along the way?
Sarah Wall, Marketing Director, Darwin Recruitment
Laurie Padua, Director of Global Consulting Services, Alexander Mann Solutions
James Wright, Executive Search Consultant, Tomato Talent
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break
15.30 – 16.30 HR Panel
Hosted by Neil Carberry, CEO, Recruitment & Employment Confederation
End users of recruitment services discuss how their demands are changing and adapting to the new world of work and digitalisation. This discussion will highlight the techniques and technologies agencies should use to work with clients. The session will explore the current relationship between HR and recruitment agencies asking where companies should seek to integrate and where they should work independently. This session will help agencies understand what their selling points could be in the future.
Brian Evje, Pusher
Michael Williams, Senior TA Specialist, Jagex
Simon Roberts, Head of TA, Siemens
16.30 – 18.00 Technology Social – Drinks reception

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