Posts by Ross Clennett

Seek change course with Onploy as UK recruitment start-ups boom

Last week two pieces of news caught my attention that suggested that the recruitment industry is ending 2017 in pretty good shape. Firstly, SEEK announced that it was withdrawing Onploy from the retail industry candidate market to focus on the IT candidate market. Industry news service, ShortList, reported “(Onploy) Co-founder Jack Hoi told Shortlist that its software engineering…

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500th issue of InSight: How do I make Seek redundant?

Ten years and six weeks ago I published the first issue of my newsletter, InSight. In it I articulated my thoughts on the RCSA Conference that I had just attended. Seventeen subscribers received that first newsletter. Today is the 500th issue of InSight and I am, as far as I can tell, the longest, continually published recruitment-specific…

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Hays hiring surge: ANZ division grows by 65 consultants in past quarter

The confidence that Hays Australia/NZ has in the market conditions, continuing their strong run, is amply demonstrated in their September quarter recruiter hiring surge as detailed in the Hays Q1 Trading Update. Hays reported “Consultant headcount in Australia & New Zealand was up 7% in the quarter”.According to my  (Hays do not release actual consultant or employee numbers in Australia, only…

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Global 2016-17 results: Hays is an awesome cash machine

My recent review of recruitment company data confirms that London-based Hays plc continues to demonstrate an outstanding record of financial performance, setting a benchmark for financial management that many companies aspire to. Hays’ headline results from the most recent financial year, 1 July 2016 – 30 June 2017, shows how much progress has been made over the…

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Recruitment Tech stocks fall: Are they all sizzle and no steak?

On Monday this week The Age carried a story headlined Freelancer: Australia’s fallen tech star. Age journalist John McDuling briefly lays out the Freelancer story from its well-publicised listing on the ASX in early 2013, its brief moment as a $1 billion capitalised company and the sober reality of its record low share price of…

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Does anybody take CareerOne seriously any more?

  “We’re not a job board anymore”: CareerOne     CareerOne has abandoned its job board in favour of a “skills marketplace” …….. the company is now actively working to change perceptions about its business.     ShortList, 11 March 2014   CareerOne strategy “Flipping 180 degrees”     CareerOne is refocusing on its core…

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