How the gig economy is revolutionising the workplace

The evolution of the gig economy is “probably as big as the industrial revolution” in terms of how it changes the landscape of traditional working conditions and environments, a key speaker at the 2017 RCSA conference in Fiji told attendees. Marina Pullin, Managing Director at MCBI, a business improvement, resourcing and project delivery organisation, was emphatic that the gig economy – where staff are employed on an as-needs basis– was only going to get bigger. And staff, recruitment and employment organisations who ignore it, do so at the own peril. Marina offered the following definition of the gig economy: “A labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freela

RCSA Makes Key New Appointments Focused on Member Value and Protection

RCSA’s commitment to ‘Leading with Talent’ is playing out with three very important new appointments designed to improve member value, protection and communications. Adele Last joins the RCSA team as General Manager – Membership, Partnerships and Communications, Brooke Lord as Head of Advocacy & Policy and Sarah Morgan has been engaged to deliver improved member communication experiences. Brooke Lord and Adele Last Formerly of Horner Recruitment, Adele Last brings to the RCSA management team extensive knowledge and insights on the needs of the modern recruitment and staffing firm. Adele will work closely with CEO, Charles Cameron, Australian Partnerships Manager, Wil Wodrow and NZ Partnersh

New Zealand Advocacy Update - StaffSure in New Zealand

STAFFSURE The StaffSure certification program continues to go from strength to strength in New Zealand as both consumers and providers of workforce services recognise its effectiveness in supporting informed choices about the quality and legitimacy of labour hire services. Several RCSA members from New Zealand recently took part in a pilot program of StaffSure. RCSA applauds all companies that participated in the pilot for proactively raising the standard in New Zealand. StaffSure will help keep the New Zealand labour market professional. It will allow businesses to confidently choose reputable providers with proven business integrity who look after their workers and don’t pose a risk for

Australia Advocacy Update - What you need to know

NEW FEDERAL MINISTRY In December last year, Malcolm Turnbull announced changes to the Federal Ministry with a new line-up that reflects an increased focus on Jobs and Innovation. Senator Hon. Michaelia Cash will remain the Cabinet representative for the employment portfolio in the new ‘super ministry’ of Jobs and Innovation. Minister Cash will be supported by Craig Laundy as Minister for Small and Family Business, Workplace and Deregulation and Senator Zed Seselja as Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation. RCSA looks forward to working with the Ministers in their new capacities to help them better understand the challenges and priorities for our members, and to advocate on your

Get Gritty To Be A Future-Fit Recruiter - 7 Tips To Build Resilience In Sales

For recruiters, it’s the worst of times, and the best of times. The world of recruitment is transforming – and fast. Artificial intelligence is at the centre of that change. Here’s the rub. Much of what the recruitment consultant does today will be replaced by machines. Stay calm. This is actually good news. Huh? Being replaced by a machine is good news? Yes! Change is our friend. As technology evolves recruitment, the human factor becomes even more valuable in the process. There are critical things that ONLY real people can do in recruitment. The better you get at these aspects, the more successful you will be. Key in the future-fit recruiters’ toolkit is the ability to sell. The art of per

Building success from the rubble of disaster

In February 2011, Ihaka Rongonui watched many of Christchurch’s buildings reduced to rubble as a magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocked the New Zealand city. He witnessed his family and friends forced to leave Christchurch en masse as they found their homes destroyed, schools and shops closed and the most basic of services unavailable to the residents of the ravaged city. The earthquake’s epicentre was just 10km outside of the central business district of Christchurch and followed a 2010 earthquake which had done its best to rattle the foundations of the many of the CBD’s buildings. It was from this uncertain grounding that Ihaka realised an opportunity to help re-build Christchurch while providing

RCSA launches new online Recruitment Consultant Certificate

Our members have spoken and the RCSA has listened. The result, among some other very exciting initiatives, is our new and revised online RCSA Recruitment Consultant Certificate. Considered a strong foundation for entry level professionals in the on-hire and recruitment sectors across Australia and New Zealand, the RCSA Recruitment Consulting Certificate has previously only been available to participants who could physically attend three-day workshops. The RCSA Recruitment Consultant Certificate was developed by RCSA in conjunction with professional educators. The revised online course was launched in December last year. Prue McClymont, a consultant with Sonos Ultrasound Recruitment who will

Job booms in regional New Zealand

The number of job vacancies in New Zealand’s regional centres jumped markedly in the past quarter of 2017 as job vacancies in the metropolitan regions of Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury declined. Jeremy Wade, head of online advertising portal, Trade Me Jobs, said the drop in job ads for the metro centres was likely explained by a desire by employers to “tread softly” following last year’s federal election which saw the Labour party sweep into office ousting the incumbent National Government. In the last three months of 2017, a total of 68,000 job vacancies were posted on Trade Me Jobs. Wade said the regional areas of Southland, Otago, Hawke’s Bay, Waikato and Marlborough all recorded sol

How safe is your business from a cyber-attack?

Are you locking the doors of your business each night only to leave the windows opens? The fact is many of us are, metaphorically speaking, without even knowing it. From February 22, all Australian businesses with an annual turnover in excess of $3 million will be required to notify the government within 30 days of any breaches where client’s personal data has been accessed. This means the government is effectively forcing businesses to make sure both their windows and doors, in a cyber-sense, are well and truly locked keeping the private information of clients protected. “We believe the recruitment industry is ready for what is a significant change,” Mark Laudrum, Director of RCSA Insurance

Recruitment Consultants to stay on Short-Term Skilled Occupation List, With an increased income thre

The Government has announced today that Recruitment Consultants will remain on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), but with a significantly increased income threshold. While we are pleased the government has kept the occupation on the STSOL, we believe the change to the income threshold will present a challenge for the recruitment sector. As you know, RCSA was vocal in its opposition to the removal of Recruitment Consultants from the STSOL. In addition to participating in the submission process, we met with the Department and the relevant Ministers’ offices to articulate the sectors’ concerns. The government has expressed a desire to work with RCSA over coming months to better u

Opening doors to positive change

WHEN Jillian Asquith opened her own recruitment consultancy two years ago, she did so with the conviction that the occupation she had chosen for herself was all about “opening up doors and giving other people their opportunities and their life changes”. Two years, later Asquith Workforce Solutions is undergoing a rapid growth phase and while it specialises in labour hire solutions for metro and regional NSW, it is also one of the very agencies with a dedicated indigenous division. Jillian, who is a proud Awabakal woman, said her indigenous division focuses on pre-employment and indigenous participation in the workforce. “I am extremely proud of this work,” Jillian said. “There is no easy fix

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