Eagerly anticipated contractor event announces line-up
This Tuesday will see the 5th Annual Temporary & Contract Workforce Conference being held in London and the line-up of speakers and presenters there to talk about the key issues facing the independent workforce has just been finalised. Those attending will be expecting to learn about the latest developments from some of the hiring managers who work for the biggest organisations about the needs and expectations of those who are hiring.
Abi Brewin will be presenting at the event as HR Project Manager for Travelex and she believes that the event is perfectly timed to bring together those who are contributing to some major changes in the way the UK workforce is made up. The structural changes have been increasingly evident over the last fifteen years during which flexibility has become more of a priority for those who want to take control over their careers.
There is evidence to suggest that organisations which understand the importance of working with contractors towards a common goal, whilst respecting their need for a degree of independence and autonomy, are more productive and end up collaborating on more successful projects.
Compliance is a hot topic this year, so to provide some insight and information which could prove invaluable, Clive Dobbin from Paris Smith LLP and Fiona Combe from Staffing Industry Analysts will be talking about a range of topics which have been the subject of recent legislation. This will include the much-discussed question of ‘False Self Employment’ and the rules that have been put in place to try and stamp out the practice which many still find controversial and confusing.
The role of contractors as providers of vital skills and expertise will also be explored, countering the idea that their main function is to provide short-term capacity for businesses which are experiencing high levels of demand. Jason West of Thales Group will be discussing strategies to maximise the benefits on offer by contractors and the best way for both employers and contractors to make the most of their relationships.
Some of the other speakers at the event include: Paul Leadbeater of Handley Leadbeater, who will be talking about the vetting process for contingent workers; Helen Marsh of SearchFlow who will talk about the competitive advantage that clients have when they use contractors; and Tom Handley from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation who will talk about current trends in the non-permanent workforce.
With the event in its fifth year, the scope and demand for the kind of expert information provided has been steadily increasing along with the size of the contracting workforce and the need for more understanding of the issues independent professionals face.
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