Recruitment challenges – How do we adapt to the new labour market?

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As part of our 2022 Workforce Planning Campaign, the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Chamber Committee is holding a series of events to support employers in the recruitment and retention of employees.

For the third event in this series: How Do We Adapt To The New Labour Market?, we are delighted to be joined by Nikki Scarr and Danielle Grant from global life science company, Abcam.

We find ourselves in an employee-led market with employees wielding newfound leverage in the workplace and jobs market. Today’s employees are redefining their relationship with work and what they want and expect from their employers – and so it’s never been more important for employers to get their ‘people strategy’ right.

So how do you make your business more appealing to employees? How do you attract and retain the best talent? More pertinently, how do you address employees wanting less pressured roles and an improved work/life balance?

Nikki and Danielle will be taking us through the challenges of recruiting today and how to overcome this as an employer including addressing the skills shortage, retraining and retirement. They will be sharing their tips, best practices and the imaginative ways they recruit and retain their employees.

This session will be hosted by Jemma Little, Cambridge City Council and chaired by Faye Holland, Cambridge & South Cambs Chamber Committee. We are grateful for the support for Cambridge City Council for providing the venue.


10am:               Arrival & networking

10.30am:         Briefing with Q&A

11.30am:          Session ends. 1:1 queries and networking

12:00pm          Event ends

About Abcam

Established in Cambridge in 1998 by Jonathan Milner, David Cleevely and Tony Kouzarides, Abcam is the leading supplier of protein research tools to life scientists, enabling them to achieve their mission. Abcam identifies, develops and provides high-quality biological reagents and tools which are critical to a wide range of fields and applications including drug discovery, diagnostics and basic research.

About Nikki Scar, Global Head of HR (Digital & Finance), Abcam

As Abcam’s Global Head of HR, Nikki partners with leadership teams to develop and deliver strategic people solutions aligned to business transformation across the globe.

Nikki is also Founder and Global Group Leader of Abcam’s first Social Mobility ERG – a voluntary position bringing employee-led chapters together in locations across the organisation (UK, US and China) to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and improve social mobility at Abcam, in STEM and the wider community.

About Danielle Grant, Global Talent Scout, Abcam

Danielle is responsible for leading Executive and Director level searches for mission critical roles across Abcam globally, and attracting the high quality, outstanding leadership talent that is critical to Abcam’s success. Her role includes identifying best in class leaders in the industry and proactively building rich talent pipelines to enable Abcam to achieve its ambitious growth strategy.

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