Nina Mapson Bone elected RCSA President

It took a lot of frank and honest conversations and self-reflection before Nina Mapson Bone FRCSA felt comfortable enough to put her hand up to take on the role of RCSA President. Voted in at a Board Meeting on October 29, the Managing Director at Beaumont People is expected to be a popular choice as President of RCSA, replacing Sinead Hourigan FRCSA who stepped down after two years in the role. “I wasn’t sure at first if I should put my name forward for the role,” Nina (pictured right) explained. “I had a lot of long and very honest conversations with Sinead and Charles [Cameron] and my mentor and former president John Plummer FRCSA Life. “I also had a long conversation with Nikki Beaumont

Sinead Hourigan's reflections on two years as Board President

Time certainly flies when you are having fun. As my term as RCSA’s president draws to a close in November, I wanted to reflect on and share with our valued members, colleagues and friends some of my fondest memories and learnings during this time. It’s been such a pleasure to act as RCSA’s president and work with such a special group of people who are truly ‘leading in the world of work’. For the past two years, I’ve been fortunate to speak with RCSA CEO Charles Cameron for an hour every Monday afternoon to discuss strategy, policy positions, advocacy and any other topical issue which comes up in our weekly meeting. It’s these catch ups I will reflect back on fondly, as they provided me with

2019 was the year of compliance, 2020 will be the year for more

In 2019, there were immense changes to Australia’s staffing industry including: Significant challenges with implementation of Labour Hire licensing Legal and compliance requirements for recruitment owners greater than ever Global gig worker economy estimated to be valued at $4.5 trillion Spend on statement of work in Australia is said to be four to five times that of contingent labour In 2020, we can expect: Continued influence of procurement on labour supply chain Burden of complex reporting requirements only set to increase Expectations of a national labour-hire framework Maintaining commercial footprint will be more about speed (and accuracy) to market As we draw closer to year’s end, thi

Profit could be loss

The philosophy that profit is a good indicator of the success of a business is flawed, according to Joseph Merz, who says businesses could end up losing out if their main focus is money. Joseph Merz has spent more time in business than most 30 -year-olds and says while it may seem counter-intuitive, he believes one of the secrets to his success is his view that “profit for the sake of profit is a flawed business premise.” Merz, the founder and CEO of Sterning Group, started his first company when he was 16 and was lucky enough to make a lot of money which, as young men sometimes do, he managed to blow having a lot of fun. “When it was time to grow up, my brother suggested I give recruitment

Do you have a story to share - we want to know what you’re hearing

We all know the workplace is changing and it is happening in ways many of us would never have expected and we want to know all about it. From a staff member hiring a clown to be their support person at a HR meeting where he was to be told he was redundant to staff now being able to set their own wages, trends, challenges and expectations are shifting faster than many of us can keep pace with. In the interests of professional knowledge - and because we can always do with a good laugh - we want to hear the stories you are hearing from clients and candidates about some of the more kooky developments in some workplaces. Do you have a story to share? Perhaps you know of a company where all staff

Charging a recruiter for a reference: Is it lawful? Would it be unsatisfactory professional conduct?

Some of you might have recently come across recruitment firms that charge other recruitment firms a fee for providing a reference about a previous consultant or agency worker. I’m not talking about those cases where the firm that is asking to be paid for providing a reference is providing an outsourced service for you. You’d expect to pay a fee in that situation. No, I’m talking about a previous employer that is charging you to respond to your reference checking enquiries. Of course, it’s not limited to Recruiter-to-Recruiter dealings. In fact, any employer might decide that providing references on former employees could be a bit of a money spinner. They might also think it’s a clever way to

Have you spread the word? The #LoveYourWork is your campaign is your voice

RCSA’s #LoveYourWork campaign is well underway and the response we have had has been incredible, but we don’t want to lose momentum so we need your help to keep spreading the word about the importance of agency work to the Australian and New Zealand economies. The #LoveYourWork campaign was launched at the start of October and features a compelling series of short videos of real agency workers and real clients sharing their stories about how agency work helped them grow their careers, business and work-life balance. We would love your help to continue spreading this message far and wide. Here are a few things you can do to help: Use the #LoveYourWork hashtag in all social media posts Share

From Human Resources to Human Rights

How major Australian supermarkets use StaffSure to shore up their ethical sourcing channels Australian supermarkets Coles and Woolworths have taken further steps to ensure their supply chains are ethical and exploitation-free by locking down minimum requirements for labour hire providers across the agricultural sector. Both retailers have moved to shore up minimum standards by adopting StaffSure, a proactive industry-led certification program led by RCSA, the peak industry body for the recruitment and staffing sector in Australian and New Zealand. Through the process, Coles says it understands both the role and value of labour hire providers in its supply chain as well as the potential they

Training Classroom vs Workplace

Learning and development are vital tools in driving employee performance and motivation, yet it’s something businesses continue to get wrong, according to Charles Jennings of the 70:20:10 Institute. When it comes to learning, there is no doubt a place for the classroom, but we need to move away from the use of formal, structured learning as our main development tool and instead invest more money in on-the-job development. This is the view of Charles Jennings (pictured right), co-founder of the UK-based 70:20:10 Institute, who recently presented a series of workshops in Australia and New Zealand on this topic. The 70:20:10 framework is a model that has been developed by Jennings and others in

Why R U OK? Day should be every day of the year!

R U OK? Day has come and gone for another year and as a RUOK Ambassador I feel it’s so important to not only roll out wellness and wellbeing programs in your organisation, but to evaluate the culture being cultivated across the recruitment industry. Workplaces need to be asking staff all year round: “are you ok?” For the past two years I have been an R U OK? Ambassador and speaking in workplaces across Australia one thing that has stood out to me - we need to make more effort to incorporate mental health and the message of R U OK? Day as a culture within the organisations. The sad reality is every eight minutes in Australia, someone is making an attempt on their life and an average of eight

Forysthes acquires Penrith Personnel

Hunter Valley-based Forsythes Recruitment and HR has extended its footprint with the acquisition of Sydney’s largest independently owned recruitment and consulting firm Penrith Personnel. Forsythes Managing Director Geoff Crews said moving into western Sydney is a “natural extension” for the company and increased the opportunity to work on some of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects including the Western Sydney Airport. “The pace of the Hunter and Central Coast right now is outstanding and we need to ensure we’re accessing emerging candidate markets and bolstering HR expertise in growth industries to proactively support local clients,” Crews said. “We aren’t ones to let the grass gr

Beaumont People named 9th best place to work in Australia

Beaumont People was recently ranked ninth as Australia’s Best Place to Work for companies with less than 100 employees on the prestigious The Great Place To Work list. A spokesperson for the company said Beaumont People, founded in 2001, had made a commitment to “providing people with meaningful work” and this philosophy had contributed to them being named on the list. “In 2019, Beaumont People took part in Great Place To Work - Best Places To Work Study, an annual research piece, conducted to recognise leading workplaces in more than 55 countries,” she explained. “The Australian study which we took part in, surveyed 85,471 Australian employees from 163 companies. In our inaugural year, Beau

#LoveYourWork - launch of campaign to shine spotlight on agency work

Agency work contributes *$30 billion to the Australian and New Zealand economies, yet the diverse opportunities it provides many in the market, and the scope it provides businesses to grow, is often overlooked. It’s this reason that the peak industry body for the recruitment and staffing sector, RCSA, has developed the #LoveYourWork campaign, which has been designed to educate, celebrate and raise awareness of the important role agency work plays in modern society and modern economies. The campaign was launched this morning (October 1, 2019) and through the art of authentic storytelling looks at the reality of agency work for those who choose to work this way. From the semi-retired who are l

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