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Brexit IIII: The Employers' Summit- Avoiding a Recruitment Crisis

Danubius Hotel Regents Park , 18 Lodge Road, St. John's Wood, London NW8 7JT

“The one-year countdown to Brexit-day is now well underway and there has never been a more important time for HR and recruitment professionals to come together to discuss current and future workforce challenges. Recruitment will get harder, the solution is to get better at it. The Brexit Summit will provide a unique opportunity for exchanging views with peers on what the latest political developments will mean in practice and on what we want a future UK jobs market to look like” says Tom Hadley, Director of Policy and Professional Services at the REC, and Chairman of 'Brexit: The Employers' Summit'.

For the past two years, BFI have run three sold-out Brexit events with delegates hearing the latest strategies and updates from leading legal and industry experts.

There are numerous pressing questions on the current and future rights of EU and immigrant workers, established workers’ legal rights, changes to immigration systems and how the HR landscape will look post-Brexit.

It is critical to establish a contingency plan that reassures and protects workers and allows for business to move forward.

Drawing on BFI’s 20 years’ experience in the HR and business continuity planning arena, this conference offers expert knowledge of planning in uncertain times, delivering practical and realistic advice.

Hear from: REC, IES, Thomson Reuters, Fragomen, Thales Alenia Space, Laura Devine Solicitors, AECOM, SIG Plc

At this crucial summit:

  • Get the real data and facts on population and workforce with research findings from the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation)
  • Understand essential legal and immigration updates for realistic workforce planning from Immigration experts, Laura Devine Solicitors
  • Formulate a workable strategy for current and future EU workers: An IES (Institute for Employment Studies) presentation based on their March 2018 guide, co-produced with the CIPD: 'Preparing for Brexit Through Workforce Planning'
  • Learn how to advocate and influence government policy with Fragomen's UK Government Strategies Practice
  • Maximise your recruitment strategy with key tips and insights from the multinational engineering firm - AECOM
  • Optimise HR's role in post-Brexit cultural change and contingency planning
  • Hear strategies to overcome skills shortages in some of the worst-hit industries
  • Explore alternative resourcing routes with a Thomson Reuters case study on their success with apprenticeships

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR, Resourcing and Recruitment professionals, Legal, Policy, Line Management, Employee Relations, Employment Policy, Operations, Finance, Strategy, Training and those with oversight, involvement and responsibilities within this area.

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Schedule

Coffee and registration

Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks

Tom Hadley

Tom Hadley

Director of Policy and Professional Services
REC

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Tom Hadley

Director of Policy and Professional Services , REC

Tom's role focuses on lobbying key Government and EU officials on a range of employment and labour market issues. The work also involves highlighting REC initiatives to promote industry standards, including enforcement of a Code of Professional Practice, audit schemes and the launched Diversity Pledge. Before joining the REC, Tom Hadley spent six years at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and previously worked for the London-based recruitment and economic development consultancy MBA Training Research & Development. Previous roles included a traineeship within the European Commission and work within the in-house legal department of the French multi-national Vivendi. Tom has a Masters in International and European Law from Assas University in Paris and a BA Law Degree from Sussex University. Tom is also a national league rugby player and a collector of fine wines.

OPENING ADDRESS: DATA AND FACTS

Tom Hadley

Tom Hadley

Director of Policy and Professional Services
REC

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Tom Hadley

Director of Policy and Professional Services , REC

Tom's role focuses on lobbying key Government and EU officials on a range of employment and labour market issues. The work also involves highlighting REC initiatives to promote industry standards, including enforcement of a Code of Professional Practice, audit schemes and the launched Diversity Pledge. Before joining the REC, Tom Hadley spent six years at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and previously worked for the London-based recruitment and economic development consultancy MBA Training Research & Development. Previous roles included a traineeship within the European Commission and work within the in-house legal department of the French multi-national Vivendi. Tom has a Masters in International and European Law from Assas University in Paris and a BA Law Degree from Sussex University. Tom is also a national league rugby player and a collector of fine wines.

  • Population growth versus workforce growth: the real picture
  • Lobbying and influencing policy: how much power do you really have?
  • Which sectors will be most affected?Government support and subsidies
  • Potential shortages: high versus low-skilled workers

LEGAL UPDATE

Sophie Barrett-Brown

Sophie Barrett-Brown

Senior Partner and Head of UK Practice
Laura Devine Solicitors

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Sophie Barrett-Brown

Senior Partner and Head of UK Practice , Laura Devine Solicitors

With over 20 years’ experience in UK immigration and nationality law as well as EU free movement law, she has been recognised for many years by legal directories (including Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Spears 500 and Citywealth Power Women) as one of the foremost UK immigration experts globally and has been described as: 'a brilliant lawyer noted for her pragmatism and technical skills'; ‘in a class of her own’.

  • Employment Law changes
  • Tier 2 visa sponsorship schemes
  • Equality Act and current workplace hostility to migrant workers
  • Avoiding discrimination based on nationality and race
  • Managing union relationships: Potential tribunal fee reductions
  • Tax changes to IR35
    IMMIGRATION
  • Points-based system proposals: scenarios and implications
  • Immigration skills charge
  • Becoming a licensed sponsor
  • Preparing for an audit
  • Salary thresholds and labour market tests
  • Changes due Spring 2018

THE EMPLOYERS’ BLUEPRINT: FORMULATING A WORKABLE STRATEGY FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE EU WORKERS

  • Conducting a comprehensive audit: what must you know and why?
  • Evaluating risk and cost models
  • Availability of workers in the EU
  • Listening to your employees: innovative ways to maximise voices
  • Migration flows of EU and non-EU workers
  • The impact of the ageing workforce
  • Macro level impacts on the UK: implications for organisations- the “5 lines of defence”

Morning coffee and networking

MAXIMISING YOUR RECRUITMENT STRATEGY: ENHANCING THE CANDIDATE EXPERIENCE

  • Skills versus non-skilled workers
  • Organisational identity and cohesion
  • STEM skills shortage
  • Cost of recruitment
  • Realistic salary expectations
  • Local recruitment implications:
  • Costs
  • Training
  • Higher wages
  • Mobility and reward policies

Lunch

PANEL: HR’S ROLE IN POST-BREXIT CONTINGENCY PLANNING

  • Dealing with uncertainty
  • What are the recruitment and skills opportunities to seize?
  • Talent management: identifying critical talent and effective resource management
  • Smart skills strategies and innovative talent streams: ensuring you leverage both

CASE STUDY: CULTURAL CHANGE

  • Engagement and retention during change
  • Short-term costs: a realistic assessment
  • Auditing the cultural impact of change
  • Approaches and priorities: essential questions to ask
  • Potential common pitfalls
  • Impact of organisational climate and readiness
  • Identifying and mitigating risks
  • The vital roles of sponsors and communication

Afternoon tea

CASE STUDY: SHOOTING FOR THE STARS OR A RECRUITMENT BLACK HOLE: MANAGING SKILLS SHORTAGES IN THE SPACE INDUSTRY

  • Understanding the skills landscape: realistic future probabilities
  • A realistic assessment of available critical skills
  • Reviewing the DTI practices to bridge the skills gap
  • Recruiting and retaining the necessary skills post-Brexit
  • Skills audit and analysis for effective planning (Skills gaps and succession planning)
  • Scenario planning to ensure continuity of talent
  • Sourcing specialist advice and resources
  • Preparing for the digital skills crisis

RESOURCING TALENT: APPRENTICESHIPS AND OTHER ALTERNATIVE SKILLS ROUTES

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson

Talent and Development Manager
Thomson Reuters

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Sarah Wilson

Talent and Development Manager , Thomson Reuters

An experienced talent and development professional with a passion for Early Careers and L&D and over 10 years of client facing sales experience. Sarah has operated in a range of global roles and have a proven track record of delivery. Fluent in French with advanced German and Spanish she is a highly effective communicator and have a strong sense of leadership. She is highly motivated and reliable with excellent interpersonal skills, confident and adaptable and able to offer a high level of commitment.

  • Is it time to rethink your strategy?
  • Expanding the pool: innovation in thinking
  • Ensuring your quality of worker is not compromised: what skills do you really need?
  • Optimum recruitment strategies for within and outside the UK: what will work best for your organisation?

ADVOCATING AND INFLUENCING

Ian Robinson

Ian Robinson

Manager
Fragomen

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Ian Robinson

Manager , Fragomen

Ian is a Partner in Fragomen's London office where he focuses on UK immigration. Ian has worked in immigration for 15 years, including five years with Fragomen. He manages a large team that supports businesses across a range of sectors, including IT, energy, professional services and London's burgeoning tech community. Ian also manages Fragomen's UK Government Strategies Practice. He works with decision makers in and around government, helping key people understand how the immigration system can better support business. He also works with Fragomen's Strategic Migration Forum to ensure that messages to government are consistent and compelling. Before joining Fragomen, Ian spent eight years at the Home Office working on contentious migration and criminal justice policies. In January 2009, Ian took responsibility for the development and oversight of the UK's economic migration policy. His last role as a civil servant saw him play a central role in the design and implementation of the UK's much debated policy placing a cap on economic migrants. Ian also fronted an extensive Government consultation on the cap and worked with experts to revamp the UK's high value migration routes in Tier 1 of the PBS. Earlier in his career, Ian was a core member of policy teams that developed, legislated for and implemented policies to prevent sham marriages, deport foreign criminals and to incorporate civil partnerships into the UK immigration rules.

  • The need and opportunities to press for sensible immigration policy
  • Understanding how policy is developed in the Home Office
  • How different stakeholders in business, civil society and elsewhere seek to influence it
  • How employers can be heard directly and through others

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