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Highlights from EngageX Europe 2021

At Bullhorn EngageX Europe 2021, a thousand recruiting professionals came together in one (virtual) space to network, learn, and discuss challenges, opportunities, and everything in between.

If you want to relive your favourite moments or catch up on any content you missed, you can watch the breakout sessions and keynotes on-demand right now.

Read on for a recap of the major themes and conversations from EngageX Europe 2021.


The Digital Revolution


2020 brought unprecedented challenges to the recruiting industry. A key theme of EngageX Europe 2021 is how recruiting firms can accelerate their businesses this year by leveraging technology to improve the candidate, client, and employee experience. This message permeated the keynote addresses delivered by Bullhorn Founder and CEO Art Papas and the Vision for Innovation presentation given by Matt Fischer, President and COO.

To kick things off, Art Papas cut right to the chase: “The industry is marching forward, and the recruitment market is way up.” He highlighted recent APSCo/cube19 data that shows permanent placements have increased 121% YoY and contract placements are up 36% YoY.


While the data shows that the industry as a whole is rising, the war for talent also rages on. As Art explained, “the war for talent is going to be with us for a long time, especially in skilled trades, technology, security, and healthcare. These industries have a huge demand for talent.”

The result? Digital recruiting platforms, such as Iziwork and Florence, are increasing their presence in the industry and creating a dynamic where traditional recruiting firms are exploring the digital recruiting space, increasing automation and the self-service aspect of engaging talent.

“This transformation is already happening. Recruiting businesses are already embracing a digital transformation,” Art shared. According to our 2021 Global Recruitment Insights and Data (GRID) report, there was a 72% increase from 2020 to 2021 in recruiting agencies putting a digital transformation strategy in place. And the first phase of this transformation is automation.

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With so much content, from so many different types of speakers and experts, the Bullhorn engage events aren't just nice to attend, they are quite simply business-critical.


If you need to know what's next in recruitment tech and software, EngageX is the place for you! Overall a great day and interesting insight into the way the market is changing.
EngageX is probably the first conference during the COVID pandemic that brought the conference to the attendees on a worldwide scale. I think it was magnificent. Bullhorn was showing the world how capable it is to provide a virtual conference in this new world.