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News In Brief: Australia and New Zealand, May 2018

May 23, 2018

Ajilon Australia becomes Modis


The Ajilon organisation in Australia has re-branded as Modis, with the backing of the world’s leading HR solutions partner the Adecco Group.


Combining global strength and scale with local expertise since 2006, Ajilon Australia has built and developed a strong reputation for delivering agile and intelligent end-to-end solutions for its customers, including professional staffing and consulting, project services, managed services, customised solutions and full IT outsourcing projects.


Under the new Modis brand, the company will offer these same services the network of offices established by Ajilon in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

The Modis Australia team will continue to be led by the existing Ajilon Australia leadership team – with Rod Crozier overseeing the Modis Staffing business and Omar Alim heading Modis Consulting.


Crozier and Alim, with their teams, report directly to Melbourne-based Rafael Moyano – CEO, Modis Australia and the wider Adecco Group in Australia.


Globally, Modis will serve almost 20 territories across four continents, combining the existing businesses in IT, engineering and life sciences solutions in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia with the 11 other IT, engineering and life sciences brands from within the Adecco Group.


The Adecco Group is strengthening its position in attractive growth sectors to improve performance, services and value for its customers, and to attract new candidates and clients.


With more than 20 years’ global experience, Modis has already built a reputation as the leading expert in IT and engineering solutions across Europe and North America. The expanded Modis consists of more than 30,000 associates and consultants worldwide, with a network of 20 centres of excellence and delivery centres, offering customers the opportunity to benefit from sector best practices.


In Australia, Modis joins other Adecco Group brands operating nationally – including Adecco, Spring Professional, Lee Hecht Harrison & Pontoon Solutions.

Modis is 100% owned by The Adecco Group.


Australian employers dispel automation fear


While many people fear jobs will be increasingly at risk as companies go digital, a new report claims the move to automation will actually boost the need for more people and more skills in the next two years.


It’s become clear that automation is happening at different speeds across Australia, and while some industries and functions are likely to suffer, others will gain from the move.

These are the results from ManpowerGroup’s report Robots Need Not Apply: Human Solutions in the Skills Revolution, which surveyed 20,000 employers across 42 countries, including more than 1,500 in Australia, on the impact of automation on headcount.


The study found 21 per cent of Australian employers expect to grow their workforce, while 62 per cent plan to maintain current headcount over the next two years.


Frontline and Customer-Facing roles, as well as IT functions, come out on top of the results, with anticipated headcount increases of 26 and 17 per cent as companies start investing in the strategic combination of both human and digital skills.


Contrary to this, Administrative & Office and Manufacturing & Production functions expect decreases of 25 and 14 percent as a result of au