~ World’s biggest charities on site to recruit talent ~

~ Private sector workers seek careers in not-for-profit organisations ~

forum3webLondon, 1st July, 2009 – forum3, the UK’s largest not-for-profit career fair, is once again to be the scene for some of the most important recruitment debate of the year. The world’s best known charities and thousands of job seekers from both public and private sectors are to assemble at London’s Business Design Centre in Islington between September 10 -11.

At a time of economic uncertainty, people are increasingly looking for career opportunities in the not-for-profit sector, which is becoming ever more dynamic, diverse and financially rewarding. Charities such as The Big Issue, Save The Children, Cancer Research UK, London Fire Brigade, RSPCA and The Salvation Army are all on site to identify new talent and debate the latest developments in the sector.

As the economic uncertainty continues, the not-for-profit sector continues to be a safer and more rewarding option for many. Not only is it highly motivating but salaries are also getting closer to those in the private sector. We expect this year to see a wide range of people from both private and pubic sector looking for new career opportunities,” said Deborah Hockham, director at forum3.

Charities are also looking to adapt their offerings and recruit the best talent. We are increasingly seeing organisations merge to offer a common set of services to a broader and similar community.” Deborah Hockham continues.

Exhibitors Breakthrough Breast Cancer said, “forum3 is a showcase that pulls together everyone in the sector who is serious about a common goal. It really is the showcase of the year”.

British Heart Foundation said, “We’re always looking for the best candidates and you have to get out there and meet them and bring them in rather than just let them come to you.”

John Lees, leading Career Transition Coach & Working Lives Expert and key note speaker at forum3 this year commented on the event, “forum3 unlocks a huge amount of potential – helping people find a pathway to meaningful work, and helping organizations meet talented and motivated staff or volunteers. It never fails to deliver – or to surprise.”

For the second consecutive year forum3 is also running the Alterative Rich List campaign which is designed to identify people in society whose wealth is not defined by money but rather through the way they have enriched other people’s lives. The campaign encourages people to vote via the forum3 website, www.forum3.co.uk, and the winners will be announced at the event on September 10.