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At its conference yesterday, the National Recruitment Federation of Ireland (NRF) called on employers and employees to embrace the stabilisation of the economy and take control of their careers. It said that the industry is showing growth in the number of permanent placements and jobs vacancies in general, and announced that there has never been a better time in the past two years to look for a new job.
While the economy may not return to greater overall numbers in employment for probably another year, the Federation said that many employers are starting to re-hire and that there is a genuine increase in job mobility.
The conference was officially launched with an opening address from Minister for Labour Affairs, Mr Dara Calleary TD.
Speakers include Ken Belshaw, founder and co-owner of Grafton Recruitment, Priority Managementâ€™s William Bruen, David McGee of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Karl Murray of Ingage marketing, the NRF's Peter Cosgrove and solicitor Gerald Kean.
NRF President, Frank Collins said, "The industry has at last reached a stage where it is conservatively positive that the curve has started to face upwards again and at last we can allow ourselves the luxury of looking forward."
David McGee, Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers said, "Our research indicates that the consumer has radically changed their behaviour as a result of the recession. Organisations who are selling business to business need to adapt and change their offers as well. Building in flexibility, adapting to customer demands, stripping away unnecessary add-ons. Companies who have made it to now have a real opportunity to position themselves for the upturn in growth by being smart about how they adapt their business models and proposition."
The National Recruitment Federation is a voluntary organisation set up to establish and maintain standards and codes of practice for the recruitment industry. Representing approx 100 companies throughout Ireland the NRF focuses its attentions on providing these members with the best possible service in terms of communication, support, advice sharing and problem solving.