11th April 2019
Who are the Recruitment Canaries?
The recruitment industry is often seen to be very competitive, with agencies jostling over clients and unwilling to share successes and insights with one another. In fact, if you search ‘Cross collaboration recruitment agencies’ online, you’ll find next to nothing! However, the Recruitment Canaries are bucking the trend on this.
In 2018, our MD Dal Shoker and VIQU’s Matt Collingwood were discussing collaboration in the recruitment industry (and the lack of it!). They both agreed that with the growing number of start-ups and SME recruitment businesses in the West Midlands, there was a real opportunity to put some structure around their network and ultimately share successes instead of shrouding them in secrecy.
After garnering interest among their contacts, Matt and Dal took a risk and organised the first Recruitment Canaries conference in Summer 2018. The event was a huge success and was an excellent opportunity for Matt and Dal to understand what sort of collaboration Birmingham recruitment leaders were looking for and how the Recruitment Canaries could aid this.
What do leaders really do?
Since then, the Recruitment Canaries has gone from strength to strength, gaining 67 recruitment agencies as members and in March hosted the ‘What leaders really do’ conference for 100+ recruitment leaders.
Hosted this March at Hyatt Regency Birmingham, the Canries featured a recruitment masterclass with Alex Moyle, a recruitment success story from Wendy Merricks and a discussion around true leadership from Jeff Grout.
Not only is this network an opportunity to share knowledge, the Recruitment Canaries has provided 200 hours of training from the UK’s key recruitment trainers, saved £70,000 by sharing/ buying resources in bulk and generated £250K in total for members by sharing clients and offering a more holistic approach to recruitment.
So, what does Matt and Dal ask of West Midlands-based recruitment leaders looking to join the Recruitment Canaries…? Absolutely nothing, apart from them being willing to share knowledge and insights with other Canaries whenever possible!
If you’re interested in finding out more about joining the Canaries and our next conference on 27th June 2019, please get in touch with Matt or Dal today.