The Future of Work

“The Future of Work”
Researchers have highlighted that up to 40% of all jobs could be done by machines in 20 years time!

The National Recruitment Federation (NRF) in partnership with the Cork Chamber is delighted to announce details of its annual seminar which will take place on Thursday 19th April from 5-7pm in the Clayton Hotel, Cork City.

This year the Seminar will look at the significance of the “Future of Work” and the impact it will have on businesses today. Global trends in the Recruitment Industry will be explored and how the dynamic nature of attracting and sourcing talent is changing rapidly and significantly.
At this event, you will hear from industry experts including Peter Cosgrove, Founder of The Future of Work Institute, Susan Manning, Partner, The People Practice, and Edward Heffernan NRF Treasurer.

To register for this event click on or email 
The event is free to attend but pre registration is essential.

We look forward to meeting you all on April 19th.

The National Recruitment Federation are delighted to announce that we will hold our first NRF Skillnets course which will be an Introduction to Employment Law.  The trainer for this course will be Mary Seery Kearney Barrister at Law.

     The content will include:

  •         Equality legislation
  •         Data protection
  •         Unfair dismissal
  •         Right to Work
  • ·       Temp maternity leave
  •         Conditions of employment

The course will take place on Monday 5th March from 9am -5pm at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Clare Street Dublin. 

The course will be part funded by Skillnets therefore the price to NRF members will be €50.00 per person. 

To book a place on this course please contact the NRF Skillnets Manager Janice O’Rourke- 
Places are limited.


Skillnets is funded by the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills

Invitation to Register for the World Employment Conference 2018 in Dublin.

Hosted by the National Recruitment Federation and the World Employment Confederation, the World Employment Conference takes place from the 6th to the 8th June 2018 in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin. This international conference will educate, inspire, be highly interactive and will allow you to network with others in your sector.

Topics to be discussed will include:  

“Managing the extended Workforce”

Talent-as-a-service: How to navigate a new just-in-time, on-demand workforce ecosystem

  • How to source and acquire talents
  • How to manage an extended workforce
  • How to ensure that the workforce owns and develops the right skills
  • How to build new forms of security and predictability

The programme will include keynote speakers, master classes, plenaries, networking opportunities and a great social programme.

  • Frons Trompenaars is the Founder and Director of Trompenaars Hampden-Turner, an intercultural management firm. He has spent over 20 years helping Fortune 500 leaders and professionals manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance.
  • Mary B Lucas has more than 30 years of experience working in the “People Business” which is how she describes the staffing industry.  Along the way she has coached individuals at all organisational levels to successfully reach goals, enhance working relationships, improve employee retention and elevate team performance.
  • David Collings, the Professor of HRM at Dublin City University Business School in Ireland where he is co-director of the Leadership and Talent Institute.
  • Peter Cosgrove, a Director with Cpl the largest Recruitment and outsourcing consultancy in Ireland and Founder of the Future of Work Institute.
  • Johnny Campbell is Co-founder and CEO of SocialTalent – a SaaS learning technology company changing how people work and driving the future of learning across the world.
  • LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the internet with more than 500 million members in over 200 countries and territories. Speaker to be confirmed.
  • Plus more to be announced as the full programme will be published very soon.

View the conference website here:

How to register: NRF Members interested in attending the World Employment Confederation Conference should register through the link below.   Early Bird registration is open until the 9th March 2018.

Two registration options are available for NRF Members:

NRF Members 1 – €595.00 per person + vat

  • Attendance at the World Employment Confederation Conference 2018 on 7th and 8th June 2018.
  • Refreshments and lunch each day.
  • Attendance at the Welcome Dinner on 6th June 2018 Mansion House
  • Attendance at the Black & White Masquerade Ball on 7th June 2018 Clayton Hotel.

NRF Members 2 – €525.00 per person + vat

  • Attendance at the World Employment Confederation Conference 2018 on 7th and 8th June 2018.
  • Refreshments and lunch each day.
  • Attendance at the Black & White Masquerade Ball on 7th June 2018 Clayton Hotel.

To book your place at the NRF rate please click here:

  • Only NRF Members may use this link to register at the NRF rate for the conference. 
  • If NRF Delegates book places via the conference website, the full conference rate will be applicable.   
  • This rate is only applicable for NRF Members and registrations will be monitored. Should any non NRF members register via this link and at this rate, they will be automatically changed to the non-member rate as listed on the website and charged accordingly.  

 For more information please contact Karen Hoey: on +353 1 531 4118.

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference in June.

LinkedIn Seminars Dublin & Cork

In the highly competitive world of recruitment attracting and retaining staffing is fastly becoming the number 1 challenge for recruitment organisations within the Irish market. Companies who are able to effectively attract and retain experienced staff will fundamentally increase their competitive advantage and secure the long term success of their business. LinkedIn & the National Recruitment Federation have partnered to deliver a briefing aimed at recruitment business owners, directors and Managers to help them define and execute on the internal recruitment strategy.

During this breakfast briefing you will hear from leading industry experts and LinkedIn Insights representatives on how draw on big data to make assessments of the market and your position in it. Where the recruitment industry needs to be better at retaining top staffing and we will round off with a Q&A session.


8.30am – Welcome & Introduction
9.00am – Using Big Data & Insights to Shape your Strategy
9.45am – Insights from an Industry Expert – James Caan, ( Video footage )
10.00am – Insights from the REC UK
10.30am – How to accelerate your Employer Brand on LinkedIn
11.15am – Panel Discussion & Q&A
11.30am – Close

These seminars will take place in the following venues:
Dublin: Wednesday 26th October
VENUE: LinkedIn Head Office, Gardner House, Wilton Place, Dublin

Cork: Thursday 27th October
VENUE: Imperial Hotel, Cork

To secure your place at one of the briefings email clearly stating
which seminar you wish to attend or ring the NRF office at 01-816 1754.

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em


The Art of Recruiting on Ever-Changing Social Media


with Holly Fawcett,
Social Talent

Recruiters have a lot to keep up with, and the rapid pace of change online doesn’t help. Candidates use 5 social networks on a daily basis, from Facebook and Instagram, to WhatsApp, Snapchat and Twitter. Recruiters just use one.

Keep your skills fresh and fish where the fish are. Learn to use hacks to search for the best skills, and how to message candidates on networks they actually use. In this session, you’ll get instant tips to bring back to the office, improving candidate search accuracy, response rates and engagement.


To secure your place email or ring 01 – 8161712

Date:    Wednesday 4th November 2015
Venue:  Strand Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick
Time:    8:00 – 9:00am Sharp
                Tea/coffee refreshments served from 7:40am

With thanks to our sponsors

Kevin Green REC, UK

Kevin Green REC, UK

Kevin Green, Chief Executive of Recruitment & Employment Confederation, UK is the guest speaker for this event.

Kevin will share the Recruitment research into what makes a successful recruitment leader.

This will include:

 – Knowing your own motivation
– Building a world class team
– How to differentiate your business
– Know how and when to take calculated risks
– Learning from others mistakes
– How to ensure your business has bouncebackability
– The DNA of success
– How to attract talent to your organisation
– Learn from everyone all the time

The session will be interactive and thought provoking


To secure your place email or ring 01 – 8161712
Date:    Thursday 29th October 2015
Venue:  Dublin Chamber of  Commerce, 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2
Time:    8:00 – 9:00 Sharp
                Tea/coffee refreshments served from 7:40am

With thanks to our sponsors will review policies within both the Departments of Justice; and the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation; to give NRF members an update on processes and changes for employers who are looking to bring Non-EEA nationals to Ireland to work.

VisaFirst will discuss permit options, costs and processing times for all Irish employers. They will also discuss the benefits of the trusted partner initiative and how it will reduce the documentation requirement on Irish employers.

To secure your place email or ring 01 – 8161712

Date: Thursday 24th September
Venue: Office, 14 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 Sharp
Tea/coffee refreshments served from 7:40am

The National Recruitment Federation (NRF) are delighted to announce the guest speaker for this event is Staffing Industry Analysts Executive Director John Nurthen. Staffing Industry Analysts is the global advisor on contingent work. Known for its independent and objective insights, the company’s proprietary research, award-winning content, data, support tools, publications, and executive conferences provide a competitive edge to decision-makers. John will present up- to – date data on the size and shape of the most attractive staffing markets (Ireland is top of their Ranking!) and also give insight from their global buyers survey- “what clients want”.

As this is a high level presentation with limited seats (40 in total) it is for managers and senior managers only.

To secure your place email or ring 01 – 816 1712

(As places are limited it is advisable to book your place early for this event)

Date: Friday 4th September 2015
Venue: Contracting PLUS Office, 84 Merrion Square, Dublin
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 Sharp
Tea/coffee refreshments served from 7:40am

The NRF has been asked by a number of you to provide guidance on the changes and what they should be aware of with the Companies Act 2014.The Act commenced on June 1st so the 18 month transition period has now begun. During this time, companies should take steps to ensure compliance with the Act. The Act has been in development for over a decade and passed through the Houses of the Oireachtas in December 2014.

NRF partner and Associate member Gary Irwin Solicitors will host the Breakfast Briefing and the speaker will be Robert McGarr BL.  While Robert will be looking at the top ten changes you need to be aware of he is also open to accepting questions or concerns from you if you wish to forward them to me and he will include them in the presentation.

Top ten changes for Owner/Directors regarding the Companies Act 2014.

Presenter Robert McGarr BL

Date 25th June

Venue Chamber of Commerce Clare Street Dublin 2

Time 8am


To register for this event please contact or call the NRF office on 01-8161754