TechXpo Pitchfest winner 2019

Four tech start-ups recently took part in RCSA’s first TechXpo Pitchfest. Start-up companies with new solutions for the recruitment space had five minutes to pitch their concept to the packed room in the hope of being named the best new solution at the RCSA TechXpo and scoring a spot at this year’s RCSA conference. Attendees voted on the day and Raj Soni, founder of smartAI, was named the winner at the Australian awards. The Brief sat down with Raj recently to learn about his winning platform. What prompted you to develop smartAI and why? After a number of years of working in the recruitment industry and more specifically while providing HR Technology solutions, it was obvious that there wer

Piece rate Guidance Note available for RCSA Members

A new Guidance Note, specifically relating to piece rates, is now available for download for RCSA members who work with clients in the area of agricultural recruitment. The Guidance Note was prepared by Australian Lawyer, Andrew Wood Hon FRCSA (Life) and Principal of WorkAccord Legal, in April 2019 and was prepared to assist RCSA members on operational matters within our sector. “We need a guidance note about piece rates because they present especially difficult compliance challenges, which workforce service suppliers can easily fail if guidance is not provided,” Wood explained. “This can leave workers vulnerable to underpayment and service suppliers with unprovisioned liabilities to back pa

Webinar on proposed changes to collective bargaining

An explanatory level webinar on proposed changes to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Competition & Consumer Act will be held at 11am (AEST) on Wednesday, July 3. Under the changes which have been put forward, the ACCC’s proposed Small Business & Independent Contractor Collective Bargaining Class Exemption, small agencies will be able to collectively bargain with clients and suppliers without breaching competition laws. “It would also give independent contractors what effectively amounts to freedom of association rights,” Andrew Wood (pictured left), Principal at WorkAccord and the webinar presenter explained. “The ACCC’s initiative builds upon its work in introduci

Minimum wage changes prompt cash flow warning for recruitment and labour hire businesses

Tips for better cash flow management The 3% minimum wage increase, mandatory in Australia from July 1, has prompted leading business funder Scottish Pacific and RCSA to warn labour hire and recruitment firms about how this compulsory commitment may impact their cashflow. Scottish Pacific Business Finance’s head of debtor finance, Wayne Smith, said the ruling, which will impact the wages of more than 2 million Australians, could have a notable impact on the labour sector. “An extra 56 cents an hour to $19.49 may not seem like much, but labour hire and recruitment businesses may have dozens, sometimes hundreds, of temporary staff on their books and the minimum wage increase could impact on bot

The scaling up process - from those who have been there

When recently asked what they wish they knew before they had embarked on the journey to upscale their recruitment businesses, the answers from three industry veterans were as diverse as the sector itself. “Stay on plan, do not chase shiny things and do what you do well,” Chris White, of Davidson told the recent How to Successfully Scale up a Recruitment Business webinar organised by RCSA and hosted by Scottish Pacific Business Finance. Mal Moldrich, Finance and Commercial Manager at Labourpower agreed saying it is important “to play to your strengths”. Admitting they made mistakes during their growth, Moldrich said they had initially started to “chase low hanging fruit” and early on tried to

Modern slavery: the dark issue we need to shed light on

In late May, I was invited by RCSA to attend a business round table discussion on Modern Slavery, held at the NZ Human Rights Commission in Auckland. While many of us are familiar with some of the conditions that can fall under the definition of Modern Slavery (migrant exploitation, debt bondage, child slavery, human trafficking, domestic servitude, forced labour), the overarching term is one that many in New Zealand may not be familiar with. At the end of 2018, the Australian Government passed the first specifically targeted legislation on Modern Slavery, hopefully leading to increased awareness of the issue in our region. This legislation includes an annual reporting requirement across

RCSA scholarship recipient shares her story

When recruitment sector luminary and TV personality Andrew Banks was approached to be the keynote speaker for the 2018 RCSA Annual Conference, he agreed to do so on one condition - that his appearance fee be used to establish a scholarship for a student at the National Institute for Dramatic Arts (NIDA). It was a stroke of good fortune for Sydney-based Meiko Wong. “When you are a student NIDA, and experiencing financial hardship, you are encouraged to apply for the scholarships which are offered,” Meiko, 30, explained. “It was a complete relief when I found out in February I had been named the recipient of the inaugural RCSA Prime Super Scholarship.” Meiko, who is in the third and final year

What motivates Gen Z? It isn’t about the money!

A slow pace to offer roles, negative reviews online and visibly unhappy employees are the top three factors likely to cause a Gen Z candidate to lose interest in working for an organisation, new research from Kronos has revealed. The workforce management software company has recently completed its Meet Gen Z Survey, providing a snapshot of what drives, motivates and disengages 16 to 25-year-olds, drawing information from a sample of 3,400 candidates across 12 countries. “Gen Z is bringing new expectations to the workplace,” Kronos APAC and Latin America VP for Sales, Neil Solomon explained. “They have strong feelings about how and when they want to work, especially compared to generations pa

Are you Ironman or the Terminator? Why human interaction is the missing piece in our tech-filled wor

It’s no secret that top performing recruitment and staffing professionals of the future will strive to continuously innovate and embrace technology, in order to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in their service delivery for clients and candidates alike. There is a constant flow of information out there about how artificial intelligence and digital disruption are going to automate so many jobs thereby making many positions that currently exist redundant. This type of wholesale societal change is not new. It has been happening for many years now; in fact since the onset of the industrial revolution when mankind really started to understand our capability to harness energy for our own mater

Modis wins global awards

Modis has won the 2019 Microsoft Global Data Analytics Partner of the Year Award and the 2019 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for Australia. Modis was also named a finalist in the 2019 Microsoft Global Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Rafael Moyano (pictured left), Managing Director at Modis said Modis’ 2019 Microsoft Partner of Year Awards are testament to their innovative data and analytics capabilities and their proficiency in solving complex business prob

Australia’s recruitment and staffing industry honours its best: winners of this year’s RCSA awards

The winners of the Australian 2019 RCSA Industry Awards were announced at a red tie affair in Sydney last night in front of a record number of attendees. Australian comedy favourite Tom Gleeson was MC of the event, which raised much needed funding for Fivers4Survivors. Seamus Scanlon from Davidson was named Recruitment Professional of the Year after starting in the sector in 2011. He says he is passionate about supporting people in their careers and workplaces. Seamus has also been integral to Davidson’s Top 50 Public Sector Women Awards. Rising Star of the Year went to Precision Sourcing Australia's Jay Wynter and Recruitment Leader of the Year was awarded to David Stewart FRCSA from Recru

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