Brexit...?!

What is going on? What will it all mean? Does it mean imminent collapse for the UK? “An EUpocalypse for Europe” – no hint of hysteria there…?! (not our comment by the way).

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Digital Skills - Mind the Gap

This post looks at digital skills and what we are seeing in our markets. It is mostly UK/USA and Australasia centric reflecting the research materials which we have ready access to. However at a more anecdotal level we think the broad thrust holds true for most of the "developed markets" that we deal in. Do let us know however if you have more to add or think we have got this wrong. Read More...

2 million applicants for.... 300 jobs...

We are used to managing large number of applicants - but 2.3 million for just 368 positions. It scarcely seems possible - but it seems to have happened recently Read More...

View of 2015

A view of 2015 (from one of the team anyway). Includes: Talent shortages, Retention, Employer Branding, Quality not Quantity and Mobile as topic areas. Read More...

State of the Nations - Part 2

Part 2 of our State of the Nations post covering Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Those reading this blog will likely know their own local market quite well but it may enlighten regarding other foreign markets that you might wish to recruit for/from. Read More...

State of the Nations - Part 1

Everyone else is doing it: Obama, Cameron, Abbott and Key it so thought we should too. Our view on labour market trends in: UK, USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. It's a long post as we cover each country. Part 1 covers UK, USA and Europe. Read More...

Interviewing - again

Interviewing is not an easy topic but that is no excuse not to put some effort in. Interviewing and selection is crucial to the recruitment process. There has been an increase of chatter on Interviewing recently - see enc. Read More...

Australian Recruitment Market

Hot on the heels of our view of the UK recruitment market last month we look at Australia. What is happening in the ‘Lucky Country’. Does it still feel lucky? Read More...

UK Recruitment Market

We have been getting questions about what is really going on in the UK Labour Market recently. The general economic news for the UK is gloom and doom but our employers are saying it is still not easy to find good, qualified staff. We have put together some fact and figures (thanks Tim) to try and make sense of what is going on. Read More...

Looking for UK staff - advertise for free with one of our clients

A plug for one of our clients. However as the essential service is free and can be used by all Australian and NZ employers we think it appropriate to publicise to our readers. If you are interested in getting skilled staff from the UK who are particularly interested in moving to Australia/NZ give it a go. The site has details of visa ready candidates plus many who are partly down track. Read More...

Migration- Why should firms consider migrants

Why is it that more employers don’t actively look at migrants? With good quality candidates as hard to find as ever lets look at the pros and cons of including them within your recruitment mix Read More...

Recruitment - predictions for 2012 and beyond - Part 1

Part 1 of this post looks at the general job / recruitment market and where things seem to be going. We make 3 predictions based on the research, industry comment, our own experience and that of clients. Want to know what skills will be in demand in the future and where the Labour market is going ? Read More...

Migration – what is going on?

This post looks at migration issues. What is going on with the migration numbers (there are a fair few statistics for those so inclined by way of supporting evidence) and how might migration factors indicate issues/opportunities in the NZ job market? Read More...

The War for Talent – the battle is turning the candidates way…

However what is happening with the war now? Who is winning? In discussions with businesses in New Zealand and overseas, both large and small, we are hearing that many are now finding it much harder to get good candidates. Read More...

Does the world looks a scary place...?

Our observations over the last couple of weeks on talking to candidates and others round their careers suggests that in this time of much bad news round the world and also at home that people are polarising into two camps in how they regard their careers. Both have implications for candidates and employers alike. Will this polarisation also persist longer term... Read More...

Social Networking - lessons for Candidates / future job hunters

Social networking is getting lots of airplay in NZ currently. We use an example to illustrate how online posts can result can affect your career and from it suggest 3 lessons for candidates in how they use social media as well as inviting thought for employers and recruiters. We plan to tackle the legislative aspects of this in a future post. 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...

Why UK business wants to recruit from overseas

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

NZ employment data

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

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...

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...

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...

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...