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Like every industry, the events sector has seen radical change since the beginning of 2020. As live events become possible again, recruitment issues in 2022 will pose problems for their success.

After almost two years of disruption, we now have the opportunity to streamline and reorganise.

People lost jobs and livelihoods, and many realised they would have to leave the industry to survive. Some changes have been made for the better, but others have led to a whole new set of challenges.

Event Recruitment Issues in 2022

Although we have seen general employment figures rise to almost pre-pandemic levels, event recruitment agencies still face issues. The workforce shortage is one of the most discussed  topics in recent years, with most companies experiencing problems with filling positions.

Somewhat dramatically, a recent report by Korn Ferry, suggests that by 2030, there could be a shortage of more than 85 million job positions worldwide because there won’t be enough skilled people to take the up.


There is a general view that recruitment will  have to shift from bringing in ‘ready trained - off the peg’ individuals, as many of these are no longer in the employment pool and instead provide training to new starters. Gallowglass has always offered this opportunity and continue to do so.

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How will Recruitment Issues Affect the Events Industry?

We know this is not an issue exclusive to the events industry;   Across the board companies will have to re-evaluate their approach to hiring.

More people are seeking better opportunities and now have higher expectations for their roles than just levels of remuneration . This puts pressure on employers to make changes in their organisations for the better.

Offering specialist training when hiring is a crucial way of attracting and retaining newcomers. General courses in skills such as MEWP and forklift appeal to potential candidates looking for career progression. In turn, the business builds a highly trained and loyal team for the future.

Here at Gallowglass, we always have opportunities available within the crewing sector of the events industry. We have a strong reputation for providing event crew to some of the biggest events across the UK and Europe. Looking back at some of our previous projects, the success is undeniable.

So what do we need to do to ensure this success continues?

Safety for Events

Health and safety is now massively significant for all industries worldwide, and since the beginning of the pandemic, the events industry has had to rethink the way they deliver entertainment to the public.

Events that combine both live and virtual experiences, have inevitably grown over the last 12 months allowing participants to be safe  It is nevertheless generally recognised that whilst remailing safe will continue as a significant issue, there is no substitute for live personal connection, and live participation will again flourish.

With imagination and  resolve, many people see 2022 as a time for reinvention and renaissance. We certainly do at Gallowglass!

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If a career in events sounds like it’s for you then fill out an application and attach your CV to join one of our outstanding Gallowglass teams!

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Chris Parry-Jones

Group Director, Human Resources, Gallowglass Group Posted on 22 Feb 2022
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An expert in employee relations, Chris brought her extensive HR experience to Gallowglass in 2004, after working for several high-profile European organisations. Overseeing the Group’s entire HR function, she is responsible for the recruitment and personal development of its 600+ workforce. A firm believer that nothing happens without sound leadership and bottom-up opportunity, Chris is a champion of training – to ensure that crews are both safe and compliant with legal regulations.
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