News In Brief: Australia and New Zealand, May 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 automation.

Interestingly, more than half of Australian companies surveyed say communication skills, both written and verbal, are the hardest-to-find and the skills they now value most, followed by problem-solving and collaboration.

Transearch Australia awarded at global conference

Photo: (l-r) Alain Tanugi, Executive Chairman TRANSEARCH International; Geoff Slade, Chairman TRANSEARCH International Australia; Di Gillet, Director TRANSEARCH International Australia; Bill Sakellaris, Managing Director TRANSEARCH International Australia.

Transearch Australia has been recognised for outstanding achievement after taking home three awards at the Transearch International Creating Tomorrow Together Global Conference.

The awards for Outstanding Achievement in Brand Development, Outstanding Year on Year Revenue Growth and the prestigious Global Office of Distinction for 2017-18 were presented at the Global Awards Gala dinner.

Managing Director Bill Sakellaris and Director Di Gillett accepted the awards on behalf of the team.

They were joined by international partners from 65 offices in 35 countries who attended the event held from 18 to 22 April in Singapore.

Mr Sakellaris said he was proud of the milestones Transearch Australia had achieved over the last four years and in particular the last twelve months.

“By leveraging our international network and forming close working relationships with our clients and candidates, our business has enjoyed positive growth in staff, revenue and brand recognition,” he said.

“We thank everyone who has supported us during this journey.”

What is APay? The new invoice option for recruiters

There’s now a smarter way to get paid, thanks to the staffing industry finance specialists at APositive.

New funding option APay, for permanent placement fees, lets the customer pay instalments while advancing the recruiter upfront.

When a recruitment company places a candidate and raises an invoice for the service, they can offer their customer two payment options – normal trade terms (such as 14 days) or APay instalments.

If the customer opts for the latter, they can spread the full payment over six monthly instalments, while APay will advance the recruiter the full amount.

APositive director Danny Marlow said the permanent placement market is growing.

“But it can be tough for the customer to cash roll the recruitment fee when the candidate starts work,” Mr Marlow said.

“We see many agencies that are ready to take on more perm placements, but can't because of their customers' cash flow restrictions.”

Jobs platform Glassdoor sells for $1.2 billion

Staffing and technology business Recruit Holdings has acquired employer reviews and jobs platform Glassdoor for US$1.2 billion.

Current CEO and co-founder Robert Hohman will remain at the helm, overseeing approximately 750 employees, and Glassdoor will operate within Recruit Holdings' HR technology segment.

Established in the US in 2007, Glassdoor has more than 59 million unique users and has featured employer reviews for more than 770,000 companies in 190-plus countries.

Aussie millennials motivated by more than materialism

A workplace survey has revealed what young Australians think about their financial security - and the results may surprise you.

The new analysis by global HR think-tank Reventure has shown less than half of Australian millennials think financial security is important to their overall wellbeing.

The survey of more than 1000 Australian workers found only 48 per cent indicated financial security is important to ensure high levels of personal wellbeing, compared to 60 per cent of baby boomers and 54 per cent of Gen X.

Forty-two per cent of workers define wellbeing as balance in physical, mental, social and spiritual life and only 12 per cent said it is having their desire for a house, income and success met.

Less than half of young people think financial security is a priority for wellbeing, driving home the point that money isn’t the main motivation for many millennials in the workplace.

Employees want business to have a social conscience

Despite the high expectations from millennials around corporate social responsibility, only 23 per cent of respondents in the latest Deloitte Human Capital Trends report say social responsibility is a top priority reflected in their corporate strategy.

And more than half (53%) say it is not a focus for them at all.

Now in its 6th year and surveying more than 11,000 HR and business leaders around the world, Human Capital Trends 2018: The rise of the social enterprise is the largest longitudinal survey of its kind and shows how the world of work is changing to become more personalised and connected, with formal hierarchies breaking down and being replaced by networks of teams.

It also highlights a profound shift facing business leaders in Australia and around the world, the rapid rise of the social enterprise, where companies’ reputation, relevance, and bottom-lines increasingly hinge on their ability to act as good citizens and influence pressing public issues.

Autism@Work: How employers can invest in neurodiversity

An online roundtable aimed at helping employers invest in the strengths and skills of autistic candidates has been launched by Autism CRC.

The online Autism@Work employer roundtable allows employers to share their learnings on the benefits of employing people on the autism spectrum and allowing them to gain and sustain employment.

The roundtable will also help employers to gain an understanding on the latest in related research and employment tools from Autism CRC and other research initiatives.

Like many, autistic individuals have strengths and skills that might contribute to more productive and innovative workplaces, and organisations currently operating autism employment programs report benefits beyond the programs themselves.

Talent International wins gold in Employer of Choice Awards

Talent International has been awarded the Gold Medal in HRD’s 2018 Employer of Choice Awards (Medium Employers category).

The Employer of Choice Awards is voted on by employees at each nominated business. Those that achieve the highest average scores are acknowledged as top performers.

Recognition as an Employer of Choice is awarded to top performers that go above and beyond to support and engage their employees.

Talent is also a Top Performing Company in the categories of Reward and Recognition, Diversity and Inclusion, Remuneration and Career Progression.

CEO of Talent APAC Mark Nielsen said retention is improved by hiring people who are the right fit for the business culturally.

“We maintain an innovative, fun and challenging environment in which people feel part of the vision,” Mr Nielsen said.

Ensuring people at work are engaged and passionate is the number one driver at Talent, according to head of People and Culture April Marcot.

“It’s nice to be recognised for that, it highlights Talent’s unique ability to attract and retain the best people in today’s competitive job market,” Ms Marcot said.

“We understand that employee happiness, retention and company performance are intrinsically linked. A motivated, capable workforce with great leadership produces better results.

“We work with job-seekers every day, which gives us great insight into why people seek a new employer. We are constantly reminded of the importance of employee engagement and positive corporate culture.”

It is the first time Talent International, a leading global IT recruitment company, has applied for this award.

Meanwhile, Talent announces roll up of UK/European operations

Talent recently announced that Talent UK will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian based Talent International Holdings.

Talent had previously established itself in the UK via a joint venture in 2014 whereby it took a 50% stake in an existing company founded by Jonathan Butterfield and the UK management team. Chairman Richard Earl said that it had always been the intention to bring the entities closer at some point in the journey and that the timing was now right.

Operationally there is minimal change and it will largely be business as usual with Jon Butterfield continuing as CEO of the company’s UK and European operations.

However, Talent expects to see a greater cultural alignment around the global vision and more investment in the various initiatives which have enabled Talent to provide such unique offerings and service to the market place such as Talent Engage, Talent Rise, and the Talent Unleashed Awards.

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