Annual Conference

National Recruitment Federation Conference 2019


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Media Sponsor – The Irish Times

Thursday 14th March

The Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin

Recruitment Industry Conference “The Future – Facing the Unknown” to address Changing Work, Full Employment and Labour Market Challenge

The rise of artificial intelligence, 21st century skills and work practices, employment legislation, and the opportunities and challenges of Brexit all feature on a packed conference agenda for Ireland’s recruitment professionals next month.

Taking place to a backdrop of full-employment and Brexit uncertainty, “The Future – Facing the Unknown” – the 2019 Annual Conference of the National Recruitment Federation is scheduled for Thursday 14th March next in the Clayton Burlington Hotel in Dublin 4.

Recruitment is a three billion euro industry in Ireland and HR and recruitment professionals from across the country will hear from conference speakers including economist David McWilliams, John McGrane, CEO of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, Paul Healy, Skillnet CEO, and Richard Boyd of Bullhorn, recruitment software specialists.

Rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll will line-out for an interview with conference MC, Alison Comyn, on his successful career in both sport and business. 

And an expert panel will address the changing shape of work and employment, asking if employment regulation in Ireland is catching up? 

Atypical Work

Increasing ‘atypical work’ is creating a more flexible labour market, sometimes dubbed the ‘gig economy’.  Research commissioned by the Workplace Relations Commission shows around 200,000 Irish workers are in temporary or other non-permanent employment arrangements.

Employers are recruiting on more flexible terms, often to encourage greater participation of women and older workers, particularly with labour shortages in certain sectors, NRF President Frank Farrelly says. 

“There is an important question, however, around the levels of responsibility employers have for the workers’ wellbeing in a labour market that is moving from 9-5 full-time roles towards more part-time, contractor, agency and temporary roles.  Significantly, we need to ensure vulnerable workers are adequately protected in new types of employment”, the NRF President explains.

Industry specific topics will include a debate on future business scenarios for the recruitment sector, as well as insights on employer trends and preferences in recruitment.

Is dressing for success an outmoded concept?  Designer Sonya Lennon and her business partner, Brendan Courtney, will lead an interesting discussion on the influence of dress on perceived professionalism, and whether or not clothing can affect confidence, authority, trust and career progression?

More detail and delegate registration for the 2019 National Recruitment Federation Annual Conference is on, or by telephone on +353 1 8161754.

7.30am – 5.00pm (drinks reception until 6.30pm)

Thursday 14th March

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

€125 NRF member rate

€250 non-member rate

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7:30 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
9:00 9:10 Opening:  MC and conference Chair

Alison Comyn

9:10  9:30 Welcome

National Recruitment Federation Chief Executive Geraldine King

& NRF  President Frank Farrelly

9:40 10:40 “Ireland 2020”

David McWilliams

Economist, Broadcaster and Author

10:40 11:00 Panel Discussion

Implications and opportunities of Brexit

John McGrane CEO British/Irish Chamber of Commerce

 David McWilliams

Moderator – Alison Comyn

11:00 – 11:30 Tea/coffee, networking and exhibition
11.30 12.10 The Rise of the Robot & The role of the Recruiter

Richard Boyd – Bullhorn

11.30 12.10 The Voice of the Customer.

Jo Matkin- Staffing Industry Analyst (SIA)

 Insights on customer trends and preferences. “Towards 2030; The Future Agency.

 Speaker _ Colin Donnery FRS Recruitment  

Panel Discussion with  Shane Gray of Clinch, Chris  Moore of Let’s Be More, Mary Connaghton – Director CIPD Ireland

12.15– The changing shape of work and employment. Is employment regulation catching up?”

Brendan McGinty Managing Partner Stratis Consulting,in conversation with  Mary Seery Kearney Barrister at law  &  Tom Hadley REC UK

13:00 14:00 Lunch  and Networking
14:00 14:40 The Great Challenge: A  Road to 21st Century Skills

            Speaker: Paul Healy

Panel Discussion with Pedro Pamploma LinkedIn  – second Speaker (TBC)

Moderator Alison Comyn  

14:40 15:20 The power of authentic storytelling!

Sonya Lennon, designer and Dress for Success Dublin founder, & Brendan Courtney, fashion designer and broadcaster

15:20 15:40 Coffee and Networking
15:40 16:15 Debate:   Title of topic for debate TBC

Johnny Campbell and Siobhan Kinsella will debate on a relevant industry topic aginst  Ken Belshaw  and Adie McGennis.

16:15 17:15   Rugby Legend- Brian O Driscoll in conversation with Alison Comyn
17.15 18.30 Networking drinks reception and exhibition