Deadline for RCSA Industry Awards extended to April 5

The deadline for applications for this year’s RCSA Industry Awards has been extended by a week to accommodate the record number of submissions currently in progress. The deadline for all applications for both the Australia and New Zealand awards is now 5pm AEST, Friday April 5. This year we have an outstanding line-up of judges from some veterans of the staffing and recruitment sector, some newer entrants to our industry and talent acquisition staff for some of Australia and New Zealand’s major employers including Woolworths, Coles and Coca-Cola Amatil. Our judging panels also include representatives from Auckland Council, New Zealand Police, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry,

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire!

A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission confirms that dishonesty in the recruitment process can represent a valid reason for termination of employment. Everyone will have experienced a situation where a candidate embellishes their resume to secure a role. Often this includes exaggerating the seniority of a previous role, building upon takes/duties or responsibilities of the position, or even extending the period worked in a particular role. So, what happens if your employer finds out? Do they laugh at the fact you put your best friend as your reference, or do they fire you for being dishonest? This question was at the heart of a recent Fair Work Commission decision: Charles Tham v Hert

Fostering hope through CSR partnerships

When Ian McPherson and the team at Enterprise Recruitment & People tell someone to get “on yer bike”, they are not using the old idiom asking them to go away, they are instead, quite literally giving people bikes. Enterprise Recruitment & People were named the 2018 winners of RCSA’s Corporate Social Enterprise Award (NZ) for their work with Foster Hope, an organisation dedicated to “bringing hope to those in care”. Foster Hope provides children in foster care with a backpack containing all the essentials they need short-term including toiletries, a pair of pyjamas, some regular clothing, underwear, presents and a teddy bear for comfort. McPherson, the COO at Enterprise, said since joining th

WorkSafe appoints consultants to research NZ’s labour-hire industry

WorkSafe has engaged consultants Martin Jenkins to research and produce a detailed report into New Zealand’s labour-hire industry in what it says is an important opportunity to continue to strengthen our health and safety system. Last year WorkSafe released the tender for research into health and safety in the labour hire sector stating it is “a substantial employer of workers in New Zealand…across many industries and each of WorkSafe’s priority sectors (Agriculture, Construction, Forestry and Manufacturing).” The research will be conducted by Martin Jenkins and will be a combination of primary and secondary data sources to develop a profile of the labour-hire industry in New Zealand. This w

The lesson we should all learn from Australia’s Banking Royal Commission

In December 2017 a Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry started a sobering investigation into Australia’s financial services sector. As the commission continued throughout 2018, and details of the some of the illegal and morally questionable behaviour of some employees in this sector were revealed, it became evident some of the findings would be cause for soul-searching around the role ethics should play in business. There were reports of “hundreds of millions of dollars" in fees charged for no service - in some cases including fees charged to dead people for years - to inadequate systems around issuing mortgages to the Commissioner

Little things can be the key to the biggest successes

CEO Magazine’s CEO of the Year, Mark Nielsen and his team at Talent International have plenty of reasons to be proud of their achievements over the past year - including some major recognition within the industry - but, he says, sometimes it is the handling of some of the smaller day-to-day issues that is the most pleasing. By anyone’s standards, it has been a really big 12 months for Mark Nielsen and his team at Talent International as they have picked up a series of very impressive awards and seen the business experience record growth. Yet, despite this, Mark says what he is most proud of in his team and the company he heads up as the APAC CEO is how they have navigated a restructure o

Transferable skills: the former careers of our superstars

In recruitment we talk a lot about transferable skills and you might be surprised how many recruiters have made the most of some unlikely previous careers. It doesn’t matter what your previous background might be - dancer, cricketer or actor - certain skills are most definitely transferable. From a career treading the boards, to dancing up a storm and bowling out Indian cricket sensation Cheteshwar Pujara, those working in recruitment are drawn from incredibly diverse backgrounds. In this issue we speak with three professionals about what they did before they started in recruitment, how they ended up in the sector and the skills they have transferred into their new careers. If you have had a

Nominations open for RCSA Industry Awards

After 2018’s record-breaking RCSA Industry Awards, the 2019 Australian and New Zealand editions promise to be red hot affairs as we highlight the brightest and best in the recruitment industry. It’s time to dust off the suit, pull out the red tie, grab a new outfit and hit the dance floor at this year’s RCSA Industry Awards. This year’s Australian awards will be held at Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, in Sydney on June 20, with the New Zealand awards to be held at the Hilton Auckland on July 25. The theme of this year’s event will be red as we celebrate the red hot achievements of those working in our industry who have excelled at what they do over the last year. The 2018 awards was our big

Calling for members to join RCSA’s Diversity Working Group

As a society, we have been working towards gender diversity for quite a few years now and it certainly appears to be on most everyone’s radar. But with new research showing recruiters are still likely to look at men’s LinkedIn profiles more frequently than women’s, simply being on the radar is not enough. The RCSA was pleased to announce on International Women’s Day the formation of a Diversity Working Group to be chaired by Clare McCartin (pictured left), Group General Manager, Executive & Boards with Davidson. The working group was formed following a recent story appearing in industry publication Shortlist, on LinkedIn’s Gender Insights Report. The story says recruiters are 13% less likely

Why 3% is not good enough

Women account for just 3% of CEO roles on NZX-listed companies; only 3% of venture capital funding goes to women and a mere 3% of New Zealand’s 15-year-old girls are pursuing a career in technology. For Alexia Hilbertidou (pictured left), Founder and Director of GirlBoss New Zealand, these figures are unacceptably low and she has set herself a mission to change them. With a rapidly growing network of some 10,500 people behind her, she is already making her mark on the business world and has become a sought-after public speaker on her work with GirlBoss NZ. Auckland-based Alexia is aged 19 and her full-time job is encouraging young women to pursue their interest in STEM (science, technology,

Fair Work Commission release guide to help with enterprise agreements

Australia’s Fair Work Commission has produced a guide to assist employers and employees to ensure their enterprise agreements are fully compliant with current legislation before they are lodged. The guide offers information on the 20 most common mistakes made in enterprise agreements and explains how to avoid them. It also outlines changes to the statutory framework, the time it takes for the FWC to approve agreements, explains the Commission’s Agreement Triage Process and provides other tools to help streamline the process. “The volume of non-compliant agreement applications has more than doubled since 2016,” the Fair Work Commission explained. “While it takes time and resources, the Commis

Is mental health first aid on your radar? If not, it should be.

Does your workplace have a Mental Health First Aid officer? As a leader or HR professional, are you actively advocating for the benefits of a holistic approach to ensuring the wellbeing of your team? Rachael Nelson (pictured left), Director at Forsite Recruitment and Forsite Partners, has completed the accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course and is on a mission to educate others about the importance of being aware of mental health inside and outside of the workplace to help staff who are struggling with mental illness. And while Rachael insists there is a moral imperative for employers to do what they can to help their employees enjoy good mental health, she adds the business case i

Migrant Worker Taskforce recommendations a welcome focus on exploitation, RCSA

The Australian peak body for recruitment and labour hire, RCSA, has welcomed recommendations from the Migrant Worker Taskforce designed to target and tackle worker exploitation. RCSA CEO Charles Cameron contributed to the taskforce’s deliberations and said its recommendation to adopt a targeted national labour hire registration scheme demonstrates a deep understanding of exploitation issues and a genuine commitment to addressing them. “RCSA has long been one of the strongest advocates for improving mechanisms to target and stamp out the cases of exploitation perpetrated by rogue elements of the labour hire sector in Australia,” he said. “As representatives of an exceptional group of professi

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