Government excludes most of the industry with its bone-headed 457 visa changes
After initially looking like recruitment consultants would be removed from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) it was announced, two weeks ago, that Recruitment Consultants will remain on STSOL but with a significantly increased income threshold of $90,000 and only available to agencies with a minimum $1 million p.a. turnover and at least 5 employees.…Read More
Robert van Stokrom: The (recently ex) RCSA President reflects
Two weeks ago Robert van Stokrom stepped down having completed four years as President of the RCSA (Australia & NZ) and a further six years as a board member. I managed to gain a short window of Robert’s time to put a few questions to him about this time as RCSA President and a few…Read More
The man, as a leader of women, the recruitment industry can be proud of
This week we have seen the full local impact of last month’s Harvey Weinstein expose. The combined Fairfax Media/ABC investigative resources were marshalled in service of Tracey Spicer’s tweet of 18 October: As you can see, the tweet generated an immediate and overwhelming response that quickly elevated Don Burke’s name to the top of her list…Read More
The future of recruitment, according to Hays (and how to beat them)
This month is the ten year anniversary since Denis Waxman, the legendary Global CEO of Hays, left the building with his place having been taken by Alistair Cox, an experienced chief executive from outside the recruitment industry. This was potentially a risky move but ten years on, the decision to appoint Cox can be viewed as a…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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 job board platform as part of a strategy and…Read More
The Power of Community: Thank you Robert van Stokrom and Charles Cameron
As I considered the impact of the 2017 RCSA International Conference: The Power of Community I started to write about the impact that the conference had on me. Then I read Aspect Personnel’s Founder and Managing Director, Matthew Sampson’s blog on the same topic. Matt perfectly captured what I, and I suspect many other delegates,…Read More
Clarius Results: Sales slump in booming market and another full year loss
Clarius (I still can’t bring myself to call them by their awful new name, Ignite Services) has just reported a disastrous 2016/17 financial year result. In a year when Hays reported their combined Australian and New Zealand operations drove gross profit up by 11 per cent and operating profit up by 14%, Clarius managed to…Read More