RCSA Industry Awards Australian finalists announced

Congratulations to the Australian finalists in the 2020 RCSA Industry Awards which have been announced today. RCSA received a record number of applications for this year’s awards, despite members also having to cope with the impact of COVID-19. A total of 81 individual firms in Australia and New Zealand put together nominations – a 23% increase for Australia and a 53% increase in New Zealand. The Australian finalists in the 2020 RCSA Industry Awards are: Business Innovation of the Year MAYDAY Recruitment people2people Richard Lloyd Recruitment SMAART Recruitment The Recruitment Company Excellence in Candidate Care Agri Labour Australia First Choice Care Launch Recruitment MAYDAY Recruitment

Five minutes with Peter Hughes, Prime Super Regional Manager for Western Victoria

Q: You have an extensive background in business development, sales management and investment and strategic advice both in Australia and the UK. Tell us about your professional career to date. How did you get into the superannuation game? After an early career in real estate sales and management, I travelled to the UK for the 1999 Rugby World Cup and decided to stay a while. I worked as a National Business Development Manager for a property portal during the dotcom boom and then as the London Regional Manager for The Credit Protection Association, which was my formal introduction to financial services. After returning to Australia in 2003, I was hired by Rural Funds Management (RFM) as their

Recruitment ReForm digital conference a huge success

RCSA’s first-ever digital conference, ReForm, has been hailed a huge success with record attendance. The May 28 event attracted 570 participants who experienced a world class line-up of speakers delivering incredible insights on how to survive and thrive in a brave new world of work. RCSA CEO Charles Cameron said a record number of recruitment and staffing industry participants were engaged for the entire day and commented on the quality and diversity of thought and leadership of presenters. “I think the quality of ReForm surpassed the expectations of many people, which is a credit to the hard work of the RCSA events team, which engaged with thought leaders and innovators to ensure the digit

South Australia strikes the balance... Better protection for vulnerable workers and less red tape fo

The peak body for the recruitment, staffing and labour hire industry, RCSA, today welcomed the reforms to South Australia’s Labour Hire licensing scheme passed by parliament this week. RCSA CEO Charles Cameron said the changes were critical and would improve the ability of the licensing scheme to focus limited resources on stamping out isolated instances of exploitation, while allowing staffing agencies to get on with the job of placing South Australians in work and supporting local business growth. “South Australia will lead the way in having a labour hire licensing scheme that targets the problem, rather than suffocating job opportunities and business growth” Mr Cameron said. “We commend t

Five minutes with Pitchfest winner Col Levander

One of the features of the recent Reform conference was Pitchfest, in which tech start-ups with new solutions for the recruitment space had five minutes to pitch their concept. The winner against stiff competition was Col Levander, Founder and CEO of technology software company ratescalc. The Brief sat down with Col to learn about his business. Q: What does RatesCalc do and which of its services would specifically benefit RCSA members? Ratescalc.com is a unique and powerful software platform like no other. It is essential for any recruitment or labour hire or group training company that wants to automate their workflow and ensure legal compliance, rate accuracy and efficiency. For any busine

NZ Young Gun: Susannah Leydon-Davis

Ask Susannah Leydon-Davis about the future of the recruitment industry and she will point towards using the latest tech to better match people to jobs they’ll love. She will also point out that that future is already becoming a reality in her workplace, where the traditions of typical recruitment processes are being challenged for the better. And now, with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, that future is rapidly evolving and looks very different to the recruitment challenges of just a few months ago. The Head of Recruitment Experience (Head of RX) across Agoge and recruitment platform start-up coHired, Hamilton-based Susannah was recently described by a colleague as someone who is “pulli

Applications open for 2020 PEARL Mentoring program

Applications are now open for the 2020 PEARL Mentoring program. The PEARL (Professional, Emerging & Aspiring Recruitment Leaders) Mentoring Program is designed to provide RCSA members who are seeking to take their next career step with an opportunity to learn from peers within the industry and gain new perspectives in leadership. It aims to develop the capacity of the sector and nurture the talent of the recruitment consulting industry by encouraging communication between new and experienced professionals working in the field. Mentors and mentees are matched together based on their goals, objectives and professional background, and meet on a monthly basis over the course of a year to discuss

Case studies helping get employees back to work safely

Real life case studies of how companies have helped workers safely return to work during COVID-19 are helping businesses navigate what is a complex and often confusing process. The case studies have been compiled as part of the Safely Back To Work program in which RCSA is playing a pivotal role alongside three of the world’s largest private sector employers and labour market experts. Randstad, Adecco Group and ManpowerGroup have formed a global HR services industry alliance to help drive this collaborated effort and RCSA is the project manager in Australia and New Zealand. Amy Towers of Risk Collective, who is Project Manager for Safely Back To Work, said seven case studies had already been

Personal branding: A how-to guide for a saturated market

David Beckham. Beyonce. Oprah. Reece Witherspoon. They are all people who have carefully crafted a personal brand which is well known and well monetised. If you want to have a personal brand that works for you, there are a few things you need to understand: 1) What is a brand? 2) How does a brand work? 3) How do companies use them commercially? 4) How can you use the same strategies for yourself? The word “brand” comes from “brandr”, the ancient norse word meaning "to burn". 1552: To mark by burning. 1665: A mark made on cattle. 1827: First trademark made on a product. 1958: The impression of a product in the mind of consumers. We are still in business of “burning” our brand (personal or bus

Volunteer recruitment program helping the disadvantaged

Dana Sarkissian, Team Leader Marketing and Sales at Cox Purtell, explains why she has become involved in Project Displaced – a not-for-profit, grass roots recruitment supporting unemployed and disadvantaged people who have lost their jobs because of COVID-19. I first heard about Project Displaced through one of my LinkedIn contacts, Anthony Cohen. I had been linked with Ant for some time but we had only ever messaged each other when he started to share posts about creating a service that offered free support and advice for people who suddenly found themselves unemployed … stood down … displaced! I quickly knew I wanted to be part of the movement. While, initially, Ant was not working himself

Leanne is driven to ‘give something back’

The unorthodox journey of Natural Selection started in a freezing cold cabin in the Mount Beauty Caravan Park, in 2008. At the time I operated one of Australia’s most successful SAP IT recruitment businesses, which I had founded in 1995. I was concerned about being too narrow in our SAP offering and wanted to create another brand that would focus on General IT skills. Over a bottle of red wine that night, the name just came to me - Natural Selection – synonymous with evolution, survival, adaption. I thought I had stumbled on the best name for a recruitment business ever. However, despite grand names and plans, Natural Selection Group was to sit on the ASIC shelf for many years. We became far

Industrial manslaughter prosecution should sound alarm bells

The successful prosecution of two business owners over the death of an employee should sound alarm bells for any business which is not adhering to strict workplace safety laws. The warning comes from Amy Towers, of Risk Collective, who said the first prosecutions under Queensland’s new industrial manslaughter laws were a stark reminder of the possible consequences for employers who put the lives of their staff at risk. Two owners of a Brisbane wrecking yard have been handed suspended jail terms over the death of a 58-year-old worker who was crushed between a reversing forklift and a truck. The court heard the father of four and a grandfather of six was struck by an inexperienced forklift dri

Parliamentary honour for Newcastle recruiter

Newcastle recruiter Suzie Ninevski has been recognised in NSW Parliament for going above and beyond to help people in her community during COVID-19. Suzie, who is the director of AIR Recruitment in Newcastle, was the subject of a Community Recognition Statement by her local MP, Sonia Hornery, on June 4. Ms Hornery told her fellow MPs how Mrs Ninevski had been offering free resume, job seeker profiles and career advice, as well as food vouchers, to people impacted by pandemic-related shutdowns. “In offering assistance to people during this situation, Suzie said she wanted to give back and support communities in any way possible,” Ms Hornery said. “She also contacted my office, and generously

What will be your lasting legacies of COVID-19?

Reflect on your business a mere three months ago, compare it to how it operates today and it’s likely you will see some dramatic differences. Some will most likely be not so good but others have perhaps made an unforeseen radical impact on your people, processes and performance. As we move forwards, what elements of your response to the pandemic do you want to hold onto, and what is best left in the past? Here are some lasting legacies of COVID-19 that we predict that will outlive lockdown. Recruiters will continue to act as social ambassadors as part of their DNA Expecting recruiters to focus entirely on new business development with a reported 84% drop in vacancies, according to our survey

RCSA Industry Awards New Zealand finalists announced

Congratulations to the New Zealand finalists in the 2020 RCSA Industry Awards who were announced today. RCSA received a record number of applications for this year’s awards, despite members also having to cope with the impact of COVID-19. New Zealand’s entries in the award’s nine categories were up 53% on last year and 37 individuals and agencies have been named as finalists. The New Zealand finalists in the 2020 RCSA Industry Awards are: Business Innovation of the Year coHired EncoreNZ Enterprise Recruitment Randstad Turbo Staff Excellence in Candidate Care sponsored by TradeMeJobs Advanced Personnel Agoge Alignz Recruitment ep.education Fraser People McLaren Associates Salt Search NZ Excel

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