Candidate Tests - their limitations - another humorus example

Another test received on our email. This one is also pretty amazing and predicts your age though your choices in... Chocolate.
Another illustration of a – seemingly - objective test predicting answers relying on spurious science. Read More...

UK Job Application - a different approach

A job application - its humorous - but it does illustrate that standing out from the crowd and demonstrating your character can pay off. Though humour can be a very difficult thing to pull off fora candidate in the recruitment market. Read More...

Candidate Tests - their limitations...?

We hold what we regard is a healthy scepticism for some forms of aptitude of behavioural tests. It is not that we think they may be wrong just that in using them they may not be the predictors an employer might expect.

This test received on our email is pretty amazing and is an illustration of a – seemingly - objective test not delivering quite what you think it might. Read More...

NZ New Immigation Act come into force

There is more responsibility - and penalties - for employers as of yesterday if they are discovered employing anyone without the right to work. We outline a brief synopsis of implications for Employers and also for candidates. Read More...

NZ Culture - just how fanatical are kiwis about rugby.... ?

Does it compare to the Scottish and their love of football for instance? See enc for an interesting comparison... Read More...

Future for the NZX Stock Exchange

A look at the news that Singapore has bid for the Australian Exchange. Is it likely to succeed and if so what are the implications for Australia and New Zealand Read More...

NZ moves up the "Prosperity" League table

Both NZ and Australia continue to be well regarded on international measures versus other countries. This survey however goes beyond others in getting underneath the factors that affect life within a country and will be we believe be of considerable interest to those considering a job move to either country. Read More...

Background checking a Candidate - a snapshot of the debate

Using honesty checking as part of a recruitment campaign. There is a debate taking place within the recruitment and staffing industry around the merits of using online testing of his. We include our views and observations below which we recommend to employers who may be considering using such technology.
also if you are a candidate and are being asked to complete such a test or have been done so in the past this will give you a view from the recruitment side. Read More...

New Zealand cuts tax rates - not often a government reduces the personal tax burden.

As of yesterday in New Zealand all personal income rates were cut to varying extents, along with some other tax cut measures. However GST went up from 12.5 to 15 per cent . According to the press the Government's "GST-income tax switch" will see the vast majority of income earners better off. Read More...

How to generate interest from a Job Ad..?!

An amusing Ad we found which ended up being considerably more successful than using the major NZ job sites. Read More...

Why UK business wants to recruit from overseas

Some evidence on why UK businesses want overseas talent to help them grow. Read More...

Christchurch Earthquake

Our thoughts on the affect of the quake and how New Zealand has coped - admirably in fact. Read More...

Australian Companies need more Skilled people

Skills shortages in Australian Companies causing concern. Studies looking into what is happening. Read More...

Study reveals reasons for NZ attracting new migrants

Study looks into the reasons what NZ is so popular with those considering a move Read More...

Singapore, New Zealand and Australia confirmed as top places people want to move to

New Zealand, Australia and Singapore all within top 6 countries surveyed by Gallup indicating net desire of people to move there relative to population size. Read More...

IPOD Carnage...? This time its the UK

An amusing report into the dangers of using an Ipod. Why do they bother...? Read More...

Road Carnage in NZ and Australia...?!

Join a debate sponsored by the recent press focus on the road accident rates: are drivers in New Zealand and Australia any worse that those elsewhere? Have your say. Read More...

NZ employment data

Mixed messages in the figures though full time employment on the up. Read More...

Insurers post good results

Aviva, RSA and L&G all post good results on back of what has been a tough first half to the year for the Insurance sector. Read More...

Regulatory pressure increases demand for IT satff

Pay for IT staff working in hedge funds and asset managers has surged 13% in the last six months Read More...

GST and NZ Insurers

Octobers GST rise was due to cause issues for NZ’s health and general insurers. However yesterdays governement announcement seems to have staved off matters. See press reports... Read More...

Australian Immigration

This is the second year Australia has reduced migrant numbers and the requirements have also changed. Read More...

UK recruitment activity on the rise

Job openings are on the rise in the UK, while confidence among jobseekers has improved, Read More...

NZ University funding linked to jobs?

Universities may soon have to ensure students not only perform well but also get a job after they graduate if the institutions want to secure funding. Read More...

New Workers to face 90 day trial?

The Government is planning to allow all companies to have 90-day trials for new workers and wants to give employers the power to keep unions out of the workplace. Read More...

Competition for NZ staff is heating up

Competition for staff is heating up as employers position themselves to take advantage of the economic recovery, surveys show. Read More...

Increase in claims may push up premiums.

Increase in claims may push up premiums: Southern Cross
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UK Employment Rate up to 73%

The employment rate for the three months to May 2010 was 72.3 per cent, up 0.3 on the quarter. Read More...

How healthy is the New Zealand job market?

The actual unemployment rate in March 2010 was 6.6% compared with 5.6% in March 2009. This means the total number of people employed in March 2010 was down 2,900, while the number of people officially unemployed was 24,700 higher. Read More...