Events employment yet to see upturn, according to MPI chief at Summer Eventia

MPI chief development officer Didier Scaillet said employment in the events industry is yet to improve, despite cautious optimism for the coming months.

Events employment yet to see upturn, according to MPI chief at Summer Eventia
Events employment yet to see upturn, according to MPI chief at Summer Eventia

Speaking as part of a panel including PCMA president Deborah Sexton and SITE representative and Spectra DMC managing director Paul Miller, Scaillet said the industry has "learned to do more with less".

"We are not seeing any upturn in employment in terms of full-time, part-time or contractors," said Scaillet, during the panel discussion at Summer Eventia in Cardiff today (27 June).

He added that MPI’s online career centre had been "completely revitalised" as it was the "most visited area of the website".

Meanwhile, the organisation has also released meetings industry competency standards, which aim to allow those working in the sector to identify skills gaps.

PCMA’s Sexton added it was important to continue pushing the relevance and value of the events industry to the wider economy, by promoting the results of studies such as the US-based economic significance study covering the sector.

A similar study is planned for the UK via MPI, and funding for the research has now reached £125,000, with plans to complete fundraising in September, said Scaillet.

Meanwhile, Miller highlighted the coming months will be a time of "cautious optimism", adding that emerging economies including Brazil, India and China would be key markets for incoming and outgoing business.

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