In the past week there has been quite a lot of talk about The Institute of Recruiters (IOR). They aren’t officially launching until the end of the month but have been creating interest with their LinkedIn group.
I thought I’d see what I could find out and had a chat with two of the founders; Dave Barber and Azmat Mohammed. These are the notes from my conversation with them. What I would like to point out is that the purpose of this blog post is to state what Dave and Azmat have told me not to give my personal opinion on institutes or associations or on any of the rumours that are abundant at present. All that can come later!!
Overview of membership
The Institute of Recruiters is an international member organisation – owned by the members; standing for the representation of recruitment agency and HR/inhouse recruiters. The IOR recognises that in-house corporate recruiters have a separate set of needs to agency recruiters so they cater for both differently, and they see their acknowledgement of this as a USP.
Membership levels geared around qualifications taken. The entrance exams are being worked on now and will be sanctioned by one of the Universities they are partnered with (Harvard is one they are talking about working with too).
Any recruiter will be able to join initially as an affiliate. By taking the entrance exam and then other qualifications they can move up to a Member then a Fellow of IOR.
The focus for the IOR is going to be on continued professional development (CPD). So once you become a Fellow you will need to attend relevant training/educational events to show that you are continuing to invest in your learning (they are calling these “qualification hours” which work towards maintaining your fellowship basis).
However, the focus of the IOR is not just around individuals. There are also offerings for companies to become corporate members.
Corporate or individual members will be expected to abide by certain “rules” and these operating guidelines/standards will be revealed on the launch date.
In case you are interested, the IOR is a not for profit organisation. They have international institute status and are currently going through the process for institute status in the UK.
Why the IOR was created
Dave had been a regional director for the REC for a number of years so has previous hands on experience of working with an institute. Dave and Azmat’s paths crossed and they felt there was an opportunity for another organisation to raise the standards in a more exclusive way. Specifically to help the recruiters at the actual “coal face”.
They also state (and I do love this!) that they want to make recruiting a more professional service than that “estate agent in the 80s” imagine. Can’t fault that!.
The IOR’s board is largely made up with individuals from a corporate and agency recruitment background.
They’ve already got nearly 3000 members to their LinkedIn group in the eight weeks it’s been launched; growing at a rate of 250 members a day and is officially the largest and fastest growing online community of any recruiting body in the UK. As long as you are involved in the recruitment industry is some capacity you can join the group.
Why would you care?
I asked what affiliate members get on joining the IOR, however, we’ll have to wait until the 28th to find out!
What they would tell me is that if you join there are real tangible benefits…. but, again, they can’t talk about that right now. Interestingly they mentioned a “second phase” which is where we will see a technical offering that is “probably the most radical the industry will ever see. It will make businesses more profitable and cut thousands off costs”. Apparently it’s something that no one else in the industry is thinking of it and will make people join The IOR in flocks and make them stay for years. Now that’s what I want to know about!!
They also talked about the promotion of recruitment qualifications and standards – but again we’ll have to wait until launch to hear more about that.
I did ask about “overlap” our existing member organisations. They didn’t deny the overlap but say that the IOR is offering a very different approach. They state their vision is far beyond what we are used to.
The key elements are that “they are a group linking like minded individuals. Secondly it’s sharing best practice from the HR side of the industry with the recruiter side with strong representation from the agency recruiters. Plus their offerings are beyond what any other body offers…. and it’s international”.
Finally, they will have a Chairman who is apparently a well known name within the industry… but who is a secret at the moment. They know how to build interest and create a buzz, that’s for sure!
I'm very keen to hear your comments!