Labor’s Casual Employment Policy Must Work for All Employees

The Australian Labor Party’s policy announcement on casual employment, which recognises that “some people like the flexibility that casual work provides,” has been welcomed by the peak industry body for recruitment and agency work, RCSA. RCSA CEO Charles Cameron (pictured left) said with around 300,000 Australians working as agency workers, it is critical that Australia’s work laws align with the work-life needs of the nurses, teachers, office workers, engineers and IT specialists who prefer working casually in agency work. “There is a reason less than 5 per cent of all casual employees, working as agency workers, choose to convert to permanent employment, when given the chance,” Mr Cameron

Samoan carpenter carving a path for women

With possibly much more fanfare than she expected, Ma’aola was officially welcomed at the ARA Institute of Canterbury’s Woolston campus on February 8 with a tour of the campus and luncheon where a host of VIPs presented speeches including the Samoan High Commissioner Leasi Papali’i Tommy Scanlan. “In Samoa carpentry and trades are mainly for the boys,” the High Commissioner said on the day. “Parents don’t encourage their girls to do that. “But Ma’aola and other young women are going outside the box. They’ve decided that if the boys can do it, they can do it.” The Ara Institute of Canterbury is also supporting Tradestaff and Ma’aola by providing her with a scholarship for the Centre of Assess

Employment Relations Act changes shift balance towards greater employee and union rights

New Zealand law firm, Duncan Cotterill Lawyers, has produced this story about recent and upcoming changes to New Zealand’s Employment Relations Act and what it means for those working in the staffing and recruitment sectors. The New Zealand Government passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018, which received Royal Assent on 11 December, 2018 with parts of the Act coming into effect the following day and further significant changes coming into effect from 6 May 2019. These changes will affect all RCSA members and we recommend reviewing and updating employment practices and agreements to ensure compliance with the amended law. While the collective bargaining/union focused amendments m

How to successfully scale up your recruitment business

The latest Scottish Pacific SME Growth Index, by Scottish Pacific Business Finance, indicates that more than 53 per cent of businesses believe they will grow in the first half of 2019. Do you plan to be among them? Marcus Gray, (pictured left) State Sales Manager QLD/NT with Scottish Pacific Business Finance, explained that the number of businesses expecting to grow has increased from six months ago at 51 per cent according to its SME Growth Index and is now the highest it has been since the first half of 2016. The SME Growth Index is an independent research study undertaken on our behalf by East & Partners who poll a representative cross section of 1,257 SME owners, CEOs or senior finance s

When a major client went into liquidation, quick action was needed

Waitangi Day 2013 was a lovely sunny Wednesday. I was in the garden pulling weeds when Josh, my senior staff member from our Construction Labour Hire team calls me and says he's heard rumours of Mainzeal going into liquidation. My heart stops. We have 30-plus skilled construction staff on one of their flagship projects at Victoria University Wellington and they owe us a LOT. We had been in business for six years and although, well established, we were not equipped to take a hit like this. My business partner and I had poured our hearts and souls into Key Skills Recruitment. I wasn’t sure how I was going to tell her this news. I jumped into my car and immediately called one of the Senior M

My brave decision - how my weakness made me stronger

There are many people in this world who would love to give back to their communities through their profession, whether that’s being a police officer, a teacher, or having a role within a charity to name a few. Working at OCG Careers in a part-time capacity, I’ve been lucky enough to continue my chosen career, while being a part of an incredible cause that is close to my heart; a cause that affects me personally. It may come as a surprise to many to learn that I suffer from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a devastating, and for some, terminal neuromuscular disease. SMA causes my body to lack the protein it needs for muscle growth and strength. Within the past three years, countries like the US

A long way to go win safety confidence

Over three out of every 10 working New Zealanders lack confidence in their training and safety systems, and that is a concern. Released late last year, the WorkSafe New Zealand Annual Report revealed only 66 per cent of workers are “very confident I have the knowledge/skills to keep safe”. Another troubling stat is that only 36 per cent of workers in priority sectors view health and safety as a top priority (WorkSafe Quarterly Report 2018/2019 Q1). I worked as an electrician prior to moving into recruitment, which I have been in for 20 years. The health and safety of those that work for me has always been of paramount importance. I moved to New Zealand 10 years ago and health and safety has

Are you adequately protected against cyber-attacks?

Do you believe your business is too small to be a target for cyber-attacks? You could be right, or you could be one of the thousands of businesses which find out the hard way they are absolutely not too small for hackers and other cyber threats. And, what’s worse, believing you are too small of a business entity to gain the attention of cyber criminals - despite the high volume of personal data you receive and store as a recruitment business – does more damage as you are leaving yourself open. This is the opinion of Michelle Joosse, (pictured right) CEO of Hotline IT, who will present a free webinar for RCSA members on May 1 looking at the Cyber Threat Landscape: How it's evolving & how to r

Telstra Award winner uses platform to advocate for mental health awareness

Fiona Grimmer, (pictured left) Marketing Manager with HorizoneOne Recruitment used her acceptance speech at the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, to highlight the need for mental health support and awareness in the workplace. Grimmer was named the winner of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Award for the ACT, announced at a gala event held at Canberra’s Hotel Realm on March 12. Grimmer, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder six years ago, said mental health, while not a central focus of her application, was at the forefront of her mind when accepting the very prestigious award given the platform it provides to be heard. “There are so many people out there like me out there who are suffering, y

Talent International named in world’s Top 40 workplaces list

Tech and digital recruitment specialists, Talent International, which began as a modest Perth start-up in 1995, have been named as one of Gallup’s 2019 World’s Top 40 Great Workplaces. Talent Founder and Executive Chairman Richard Earl said it was the only recruitment company internationally to make the list and one of only two Australian winners. The accolade sits among a number of others picked up in the last year by Nielsen and his team. Last November, APAC CEO Mark Nielsen was named CEO Magazine’s CEO of the Year as well as taking home the Professional Services Executive of the Year Award for good measure. Talent, which expanded into Sydney in 1999, opened offices in Melbourne, Canberra,

Why we need to challenge our nature to thrive in a digital driven world

Gus Balbontin believes if we are to survive and thrive in this era of digital disruption, we need to break off the shackles of routine and fight against our very instincts to seek comfort and ease in our lives. Gus, a former Executive Director and CTO with Lonely Planet, will be a keynote speaker at this year’s RCSA Conference and shares some of his insights with us. Gus Balbontin wants to talk to you about digital disruption and why, in order to succeed, we must resist our own nature to live a life dictated by routine and comfort. We’ve all read stories about the need to move with the times and increase the room we have in our lives for technology, but Gus, a former Executive Director and C

The power of post-placement care and where recruiters can add value

With more than 15 years of experience in the recruitment industry, Jay Munro is Indeed’s Employer Insights Strategist. Jay connects data with industry trend analysis to share Indeed’s story and bring the value of the company’s programs and solutions to life. As talent shortages become more prevalent and the labour market tightens, there’s no doubt recruitment professionals are operating in challenging times. So how do recruiters stand out from the crowd and ensure our top candidates not only stay and remain engaged with new employer, but also become long time ambassadors? THE POWER OF POST PLACEMENT CARE Research by the Society for Human Resources Management shows 22 per cent of company staf

Why Coca-Cola Amatil says we should all be aiming for the Gender Tick

The implementation of the Gender Tick in New Zealand provides jobseekers with a clear guide about which companies have gender equality as a driving principle of their business and, with candidates now expecting rather than hoping for equality, this is a tick NZ companies will want. Gender Tick was developed by YWCA in Auckland and describes itself as “a unique New Zealand- based accreditation programme for businesses to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality in the workplace”. “We designed this first-of-its- kind initiative because we know that businesses are increasingly seeking independent validation that their people, policies and processes promote a healthy workplace for all gen

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