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

The winners of New Zealand’s 2019 RCSA Industry Awards were announced last night at a festive affair held at the Hilton Auckland. The event was hosted by Urzila Carlson, a favourite on the New Zealand comedy circuit and the theme of the night was black tie with a touch of red. Social enterprise Agoge was one of the big winners on the night taking home both the Excellence in Candidate Care and Excellence in Client Service. Agoge has a number of charitable initiatives it is involved with including the One For One program where for every week a staff member works (or trains), a person in Cambodia receives water for a month. Tradestaff received the New Zealand CSR Award for the inaugural Sally M

Industry gathers to farewell George Zammit

Recruitment industry stalwart, former RCSA President and Life Member and a passionate advocate for our sector, George Zammit sadly passed last week, with his funeral held in Victoria yesterday (Monday July 22). George was elected to the RCSA Victorian/Tasmanian Council in July 1997 and was elected President of the same region council between March 2001 and February 2003. During his Presidency, the RCSA Victoria/Tasmania Region generated substantial income, resulting in a significant contribution to the profitability of the RCSA George also regularly donated his time to serve on a number of RCSA Committees including: WorkCover and Occupational Health and Safety Committee Pay-roll Tax Committe

Vulnerable leadership: the key to business success

In a room full of high performing managers and consultants, the key message of RCSA’s LEADR Day Summit in Auckland (pictured below), was not about being a loud, dominant, ‘strong’ leader – it was about being vulnerable. The LEADR Summit, held on May 15 and sponsored by payroll management services company Oncore, boasted an impressive line-up of speakers including Xero’s L&D Manager Phil Crothers, founder of GirlBoss NZ Alexia Hilbertidou and Andrea Swan and Suzanne Pratley from New Zealand Police. The theme of the LEADR Summit, developed for Emerging Leaders, Managing Consultants and Existing Leaders, was Vulnerable Leadership. The summit heard that it is so important, especially when a team

New whistleblower protections now in effect

New laws protecting whistleblowers in the workplace came into effect on July 1 and it is incumbent upon RCSA Members to have a clear understanding of what the changes are and what they mean for clients and candidates. This is the opinion of Andrew Wood Hon FRCSA (Life), Employment Relations Advisor with WorkAccord, who has produced a Memo on the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019 to help educate RCSA Members. “An understanding of whistleblower protection laws, and their application to Members’ operations, is part of the field of professional knowledge of which Members should have reasonable command,” Wood explained. “Whistleblower laws protect people who m

Why adopting a professional services model is working for Talenza

It has been two years since Talenza adopted a new model and fee structure where all directors and leaders are externally facing and work with each consultant to develop “top down” client relationships. This model supports the team to achieve personal and team targets and inevitably leads to an environment that feels more supported in what is a challenging role, Talenza Co-Founder Andrew Sully explained to The Brief. “Talenza believe that consultants at all levels should be supported when going out to win new and existing business as this can be a lonely/dark place at times,” Sully said. “If you support and develop each individual to crack a new client and increase their earning potential, t

How to get through work when you are sleep deprived

We are the underworld of the workforce. If you are blessed with the ability to sleep (lucky you!), then you’ll have no idea what I am talking about - but for the rest of us sleep-deprived mortals - lack of sleep can become a big gnarly focus for life and a hindrance to work performance. As I write this, I’ve been on a 4am bender. It’s not a cool club to belong to. Despite the huge numbers of people in the club, it’s very anti-social. And quite frankly, there is only so much talking to yourself in the middle of the night that you can stomach. So how do we function at our best when we have had no sleep? Here are a few ideas: Own it but don’t let it own you Letting insomnia rule you is easy t

Charles Cameron to speak on APAC market at SIA webinar

RCSA CEO Charles Cameron will be the guest speaker at a one hour Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) webinar exploring the Australian staffing and recruitment sectors on Wednesday, August 21. RCSA Members will have FREE access to the webinar which will be held at 7am London time - 4pm AEST and 6pm NZST. Organisers said the Staffing Industry Report Webinar APAC August 2019 will look at: Current political and regulatory issues affecting the Australian and New Zealand markets Assess demand levels and supply challenges Analyse technological changes in the industry The webinar will be hosted by Matt Norton, Senior Research Analyst with SIA. To secure your place, registrations for the Staffing Indust

Call for RCSA Council nominations

As a member organisation, RCSA has been formed in a way which allows Members to get as involved as they can or would like. Governed by the Board, RCSA also has two Member Groups with Councils, a number of Working Groups developed as the need arises, six Region Councils and five Portfolio Committees. The Region Councils offer a central point of representation for Members defined by geographic locations and the Member Group Councils are formed around representing Members to advance their specialisations. Portfolio Committees work on delivering world-class Member-centric experiences while Working Groups address policy formation and key strategic issues facing Members and the sector. Charles Cam

L&D update

A WHS Identification, Risk Assessment & Risk Control full day workshop, with a focus on the on-hire industry, will be held in Brisbane on August 7. The workshop will be facilitated by Amy Towers, Founder and Director of Risk Collective, who will use case studies and Q&A style-learning in a classroom setting to look at the duty of care held by on-hire agencies for their on-hire workers. Participants will receive 8 CPD points. Bookings can be made here. A workshop on Talent Management: Attracting the Future Workforce will be held in Melbourne Sydney and Auckland this year with the Australian workshops slated for August. The workshops will be facilitated by Chris Long, a corporate and organisat

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