Reflecting on 2018

It’s been quite a year.

Politically, probably the less said the better. The ongoing chaos and scandal perpetuated by the respective governments of Australia, the UK and USA make 2018 a low year for political leadership. Surely 2019 has to be better?

The Australian economy continued to grow strongly with 268,000 jobs (202, 000 full time and 66,000 part time) added to the Australia workforce across November 2017 – October 2018 with the unemployment rate dropping from 5.4% to 5.0%.

There’s been plenty to cover on my blog his year.

I started the year criticising the Federal Government over its ill thought through changes to the requirements for recruiters within the 457 visa scheme.

I had plenty of private messages from both current and former employees of Clarius and Rubicor after my various blogs about the continued bad news flowing from both companies

SEEK continued to upset a swathe of the local recruitment and Frontline Recruitment Group CEO, Peter Davis, consented to an interview with me in order to air his frustration with what his company has experienced in its ongoing battle to have SEEK take meaningful action on the key issues raised by Frontline.

One of my most-viewed blogs ever Big bang start-ups: The rise and fall of FutureYou (parts 1, 2 & 3)  was the blog that generated the most comments for the year.

I acknowledged the continued outstanding performance of Hays, the welcome broadening of our industry’s ethnic employee base and the worthy Recruiter of the Year wins for both Claire Woodhouse of Fircroft and Jane Lowney of Robert Walters in the RCSA (2018) and SEEK awards (2017), respectively

On a personal note I raised the issue of alcohol in the culture of recruitment agencies and I wrote about the untimely and devastating death of my former colleague Kristen Florance of ovarian cancer at the age of 53.

The 2018 RCSA International Conference in Noosa, was an unqualified success both educationally and socially. The Australian and New Zealand recruitment industry is in the right hands with RCSA Board President Sinead Hourigan and RCSA CEO Charles Cameron. Thank you to both Sinead and Charles for the outstanding leadership you have both demonstrated this year.

Thank you to all my clients, program participants and readers for their support and feedback throughout the year.

I hope you have plenty of relaxation scheduled – I’ll be glamping with my wife for three days on French Island then heading to a conference in California followed by a family holiday in Hong Kong.

All the best for Christmas and the New Year; I hope 2019 is a prosperous one for you.

 

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