Changes to New Zealand immigration policies have now come into effect

A notice prepared with Ernst & Young Limited, a Licensed Immigration Advisory Service. Changes to the Essential Skills, Skilled Migrant and Accredited employer policies have now come into effect. Set remuneration levels are now determinant of success under both the Essential Skills (temporary work visas) and Skilled Migrant Category (residence visas) policies. Skill bands will also now set the duration of a visa issued under the Essential skills policy. Using wages as a proxy for skill is intended to encourage the attraction, selection and retention of higher-skilled migrants. Employers who utilise lower-skilled labour may find it more difficult to retain migrant staff. MBIE has also unveile

The power of community and conferences

WHO would have thought a couple of days in the tropical paradise of Fiji – where things seem to run at a slower, more relaxed pace – could be so empowering and enlightening? Enticing industry leaders to this year’s RCSA Conference beside palm-fringed beaches lapped by tropical waters amid balmy weather conditions was never going to be a difficult task, but it would always take a special collection of inspirational speakers to lure them from the pool, and the event on September 6-8 definitely delivered. From moving beyond our default thinking after we’ve unpacked our Fiji souvenirs to ensuring we don’t get bogged down in the “Bacon Wars” around the office, the conference had more than a few k

Labour Hire Licensing passes in QLD

RCSA Members will be aware that, on 7 September, the Queensland Parliament passed the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017. This legislation was enacted despite the Queensland Government being very aware of the significant deficiencies such as: universal coverage of all forms of on-hire, including white-collar and professional occupations, despite no evidence of exploitation amongst those occupations; significant loopholes which will allow workforce contracting firms to avoid being licensed, despite ongoing evidence of exploitation in the horticulture sector; and the legislation being made to favour a unions ability to oppose a license being issued where they hold concerns about the suitability o

RCSA unveils new brand

AUSTRALIA and New Zealand’s peak body for the recruitment, consulting and staffing industry, RCSA, unveiled their fresh new look today at their annual conference at Fiji. The modern brand reflects RCSA’s new focus as Leaders in the World of Work and their mission to deliver a world-class and member-centric experience that empowers its members and inspires the next generation of professionals. At the unveiling, RCSA CEO Charles Cameron said the brand is more than just a new logo; it signifies a new and exciting phase in RCSA’s history. The presentation was accompanied by a brand launch video. “A lot of thought went into this new brand as we wanted to take this opportunity to further evaluat

R U OK? is more than a slogan

We've all been there, right? I've had my ups and downs as many do. One particularly difficult day left me feeling in an almost hopeless state of despair. I had been experiencing a slow and painful build up of work and personal stress for a number of months and after an altercation with a colleague, it triggered an unfamiliar reaction. For the first time ever, I sat there at my desk - crying. Yes - That's right. Thankfully, no one else was around at the time! I, like so many of us, had ended up overworking myself to the point of losing control of the small things. I felt like I was spinning plates in the air. The combination of personal life challenges, a toxic work environment, and this prol

Why #RCSAconf was more than your average conference

From the moment I touched down at Nadi airport and was welcomed by a trio of Fijian ukulele players, I knew this wasn’t going to be your average conference. The 2017 RCSA International Conference kicked off on Wednesday night with the Welcome Cocktail reception – and the “cocktail” of the night… kava. Lead by the aptly dubbed “Chief Van Stokrom”, we were all invited to join in and experience a local kava ceremony. The theme this year – The Power of Community - rang true as we were reminded by our hosts that “it is only mine, if I share it”. A good discussion point as enjoyed a barmy night under the palm trees, sharing a beer or two with friends from the industry, both old and new. Day one of

Fiona Harland's key takeaways from the RCSA Conference in Fiji

Nothing makes you feel more relaxed and welcome than a 'Bula' Fijian smile and a 30 Degree humid warm heat that wraps around you like a winter blanket...after a long cold winter it was a great start to the conference. The Power of the Community was evident as speakers focused on how we could take their messages back to our own tribes and into our communities. Dr Jason Fox was a real highlight for me as much of the youth work I do requires 'building a community that feels effortless and safe' and 'playing with default boundaries' as we step in and out of local Government and the education system that seems to get in the way of meaningful progress. I attended Marina Pullen - The Emergence o

RCSA Award winner, Janice McNab named finalist for "Women of Influence"

Managing Director of Tradestaff and RCSA Member, Janice McNab was recently named a finalist in the Fairfax and Westpac 2017 Women of Influence in the Board and Leadership Category. A huge honour and recognition of Janice's hard work as a respected leader in one of the most successful recruitment companies in New Zealand. Pictured below: Janice and her team at Tradestaff NZ win at the RCSA Awards We had a chat with Janice about her nomination. Firstly, congratulations on being named in the final list of the coveted Fairfax and Westpac 2017 Women of Influence. How does this kind of recognition make you feel? At first, I was somewhat overwhelmed that my senior leadership team put me forward fo

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