The REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) has joined forces with professional services firm KPMG in a bid to help members with their growth agendas post Brexit. The alliance will see specialists from KPMG work with REC advisers to support over 3,500 members across a range of issues including preparing for Brexit, opportunities in new overseas markets and merger and acquisition activity.
The alliance has been built around a programme of interactive sessions, events and webexes which will take place across the UK, at which KPMG and REC experts will share the latest business views and insights relevant to the recruitment sector as well as providing advice on regulation.
“Like many businesses right now, the recruitment sector is facing a number of challenges from Brexit, new immigration legislation and tax changes through to disruption from innovative startups and new recruitment technology,” says Bina Mehta, partner at KPMG. “It is an important sector for the UK economy and we are seeing more recruitment businesses focused on their international presence and growth strategies. We are looking forward to working with REC to help its members as they look to become more resilient and pursue growth.”
Neil Carberry, REC chief executive, added: “The recruitment industry is thriving, despite political and economic uncertainty due to Brexit. Our members continue to adapt and be flexible to help UK businesses find the right people to help them grow while there is a tight UK labour market.
“With the government’s new package of workplace reforms, possible changes to immigration legislation, IR35 taxation and the apprenticeship levy, I am delighted that the REC has formed a partnership with KPMG that will provide REC members with insight and analysis that will help them grow and innovate during these uncertain times,” he concluded.