Planning for a post-covid landscape

Meet industry peers to discuss sector trends

Discover unique data-driven market insights

Thursday 4 February 2020, 11:00-13:00

Dear colleagues,

The year 2020 has been like no other in living memory, with severe impacts across all areas of the British economy.

Our Vacancysoft virtual summit gathers recruitment industry leaders to discuss what key sectors have experienced, how this will influence labour markets and what decision makers need to consider when planning for the months ahead.

Ann Swain, APSCo CEO, will chair the summit — which includes speakers from Britain’s largest recruiters in the pharma, tech, law and finance sectors.

The discussions are informed by the data analysis and market insights contained in our annual Vacancysoft Year in Review 2020 magazine, a publication being officially launched on the day of the event.

Attendance at the event is free. In addition to the debate, delegates can join peers on informal digital networking tables for one-on-one conversations.

Secure your place at this exclusive industry event by clicking on the button below. You’ll also find more information on eligibility and the agenda further down the page.

Those who register will receive a digital copy of Vacancysoft’s Year in Review 2020 magazine on the day of the event.

I look forward to welcoming you to the summit!

Kind regards,

James Chaplin
CEO, Vacancysoft


Planning for a post-covid landscape
Thursday 4 February 2020, 11:00-13:00

10:00 Event start, networking

11:00 Chair’s intro
11:10 National overview
11.20 Pharma

11:30 Virtual networking

11:45 Tech
11:55 Finance

12:05 Virtual networking

12:20 Law
12:30 Real Estate
12:40 Panel Session

13-14 Virtual networking


Who should attend?

C-suite and directors at sector firms, corporate recruiters, HR professionals and senior representatives of relevant intermediaries (e.g. Local Enterprise Partnerships, growth hubs, business schools)

Vendors! Join our exclusive event for just £99 (+VAT). Register and we’ll get in touch with more info.

Data-led market analysis

The analysis contained in the Year in Review 2020 magazine is based on proprietary data Vacancysoft publishes to subscribers.

In the last year, Vacancysoft published over 500k unique vacancies sourced solely from company websites — across professional, managerial, scientific and technical areas.

The annual magazine uses the data to provide insights by industry, professional area and region in the form of our annual magazine.

This free virtual summit will analyse the trends that emerge and focus on key sectors and discuss with industry leaders what this means for 2021 and beyond.

Live face-to-face networking

Our virtual summit is being hosted on Remo, a fluid and real-time digital networking platform that mimics the floor plan and authentic dynamics of a real conference. Among others, it enables Q&A sessions after presentations, quick polls for feedback and attendees to ask questions anonymously.

With a number of different tables and (if busy) multiple floors, delegates can quickly and easily join discussions to meet other attendees.  Equally simple is moving tables or stepping away to conduct a one-on-one meeting. An in-built feature also allows attendees to exchange virtual business cards.

Speaker Bios

Ann Swain, CEO, APSCo

Ann Swain is founder and global CEO of APSCo, an international trade body representing the professional recruitment sector with operations in the UK, Germany, Singapore and Australia. 

 Ann has over 30 years’ recruitment experience including as managing director of Learning Curve and UK sales director at Computer People before establishing APSCo in 1999.

Ann currently features in the SIA ‘Global Power 50’ list of the most influential women in international recruitment and is co-author of the best-selling Professional Recruiter’s Handbook.

 An acknowledged industry thought-leader, Ann appear regularly in the national and recruitment media and is a popular platform speaker at UK and global conferences.

James Chaplin, CEO, Vacancysoft

James Chaplin is the founder and CEO of Vacancysoft. James set up Vacancysoft in 2006 and has led it from a startup to a market-leading intelligence solution.

With nearly 20 years experience in the recruitment industry, James is well-known in the sector. His authoritative knowledge of Britain’s labour markets and ability to swiftly identify data-driven trends has resulted in numerous media appearances and requests for his insight.

James also provides consulting services to support and collaborate with businesses looking to grow and develop further.

Yvette Cleland, CEO, Cpl UK

Yvette Cleland is CEO of global staffing firm Cpl Life Sciences, a division of Ireland’s Cpl Resources Plc. Yvette joined Clinical Professionals in 2012 to scale the business for acquisition, drive growth and expand the brand portfolio and global footprint into the US in 2017.

Under her leadership the business launched its award-winning graduate academies and CEO/CMO Biotech summits and was involved in the UK apprenticeship trailblazers.

In 2019 Yvette wrote a parliamentary review on life science skill shortages, and in that year (and the next) the SIA nominated her as one of the top 50 global most powerful women in staffing.

Tom Chambers, Associate Director, Technology & Growth, Robert Walters

Having joined Robert Walters in 2013, initially in Amsterdam, Tom Chambers has successfully built and led the Technology and Growth division in London. With previous experience working in Hong Kong, Tom’s international recruitment career allows him to offer a global perspective.

Tom is respected as one of the leading recruitment experts in the London technology market and is regularly invited as a subject matter expert to speak at industry round tables and forums. He has also established strong relationships with top universities in the UK with access to distinguished alumni.


Darren Powers, Operations Director, Morgan McKinley

Darren Burns is London Operations Director at Morgan McKinley, a global recruitment business. With over 25 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, he is currently responsible for leading multiple disciplines across a number of industries and markets.

Spending most of his career advising C-suite finance professionals, Darren provides recruitment solutions for a vast company client base built up by Morgan McKinley over 30 years. Key sectors include banking, asset management, and commerce and industry.

Richard Chaplin, Founder & Chief Executive, Managing Partners' Forum

Richard Chaplin founded the Managing Partners' Forum in 1995.

He qualified as an accountant with Peat Marwick (now KPMG) in 1979. He left that firm in 1988 to create PMI, which owns and organises both the Managing Partners' Forum and the PM Forum (for marketers).

Jon Dweck, Founder & CEO, SpaceThreeTwo

Jon Dweck founded recruitment business Pod Talent in 2012.

In April 2020, Jon launched SpaceThreeTwo, the first marketplace for hybrid offices — which allows multiple businesses to occupy the same workspace on different days of the week. 

Jon will share insights from nine months of research into leadership and staff perspectives into the future of work, and how this will impact the office leasing sector as businesses emerge from the pandemic.