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          Ben Wood (1995 and 2021)  Ben Wood is a name not many of you will be familiar with. Only his colleagues and those at the pointy end of Australia’s largest IT recruiters are likely to know who Ben is. Yet Ben is one of the most accomplished leaders of the…

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As I highlighted in last week’s blog those agencies who recruit for governments at Federal, state and local levels have to deal with counter-productive contract terms, red tape, slow payments and onerous reporting requirements, amongst other frustrations. A much lower profile risk, but a real risk nonetheless is the potential for inadvertent involvement in the…

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Even after 32 years in the recruitment industry I am still slightly bewildered by the ignorance, or worse, lack of interest in educating themselves, which some very highly paid and senior people can demonstrate when it comes to understanding the realities of modern-day recruitment. This week another disappointing (depressing?) example was brought to my attention.…

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Tomorrow marks the twenty-fifth month anniversary of the collapse of the Rubicor Group. I first wrote about Rubicor in March 2018 after the directors released the company’s underwhelming six-month performance update for July 2017 – December 2017. Over the subsequent fifteen months, I wrote a further four blogs detailing the litany of incompetence and delusion…

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Have you noticed that there is no ‘labour shortage’ of professional footballers? Have you also noticed that there seem to be few obstacles to talented players remaining employable despite setbacks, such as a criminal conviction, that would significantly derail the job prospects of lesser mortals? Ever wondered why? One word: money. It’s hard to grasp…

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Hays has long been the bellwether of the Australian recruitment sector because their presence is omnipresent across the nation in both temporary and permanent recruitment and, as a public company, they release quarterly and half-yearly trading updates, along with comprehensive annual reports. The 1 July to 30 September (2022 Q1 for Hays plc) quarterly trading…

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