For many jobseekers, deciding on a role is more than simply finding a job. There are many factors that go into this decision and recruitment agencies need to understand what the key trends are for candidates. Rather than focusing on administrative tasks, recruiters need to be making the most of research that allows greater understanding of the job market. Utilising employment management tools allows for greater engagement with clients, fostering growth for recruiters.  Is Australia lacking jobseekers? According to the latest analysis by the Department of Employment, Australia contains more than enough job candidates with the relevant skills and qualifications for most vacancies. . . .

Australia’s ageing population is resulting in more older workers seeking employment in the IT industry. Organisations that take advantage of this trend and engage older workers could gain a competitive edge over other businesses. Furthermore, focusing on candidates and ensuring you understand the skills and experience they offer takes time. For recruiters, investing in solutions that foster operational efficiency can help manage administrative tasks so that candidates can remain the focus.  Age discrimination in the recruitment process As many are aware, Australia’s ageing population is resulting in the nation moving increasingly towards an older workforce. For the IT industry, this can give organisations . . .

Regardless of the size of your business, cash flow is a constant headache that needs to be addressed. Without a consistent stream of revenue, enterprises can’t commit to any form of business expansion, making it harder to remain competitive. The bulk of cash flow comes from debtors, either individuals or other businesses purchasing your goods or services. As such, the faster that these parties pay what they owe, the more scope your business has to invest in future expansion. Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Trade Payments Analysis found that invoice payment times have dramatically plummeted in recent months. Record payment times recorded . . .

With many media reports discussing IT skill shortages, it is easy to believe that the industry isn’t growing as well as it could. However, according to recent statistics from the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA), Australia’s IT employment market is both mature and stable. This suggests that the future could be significantly brighter for IT contractors and those seeking their services. Every quarter, ITCRA analyses employment trends from a number of different sources around the industry. Whether this is ITCRA’s own members, job advertisements from SEEK or data from BurningGlass, this type of information paints an interesting picture of . . .

While Australia has made great strides on social concerns, gender inequality remains an issue across the country. In most sectors, including the technology industry, women are paid less than men and closing this gap will be key to ending the current skill shortage. According to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and published by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), there is close to 18 per cent between the male and female average weekly earnings. Of course, it is important to note that some employers are very responsible around this issue, but many aren’t and this can prevent women from pursuing careers in certain . . .

In past years, Australian businesses and recruitment agencies only competed against local firms. This meant it was relatively easy to see what someone down the road was doing and learn from their experience. However, the world is now a global marketplace and it is just as important to learn from overseas businesses as those within Australia. Unfortunately, according to the findings of a recent report, Australia is not readily adopting enough new technologies such as cloud computing, data analytics and information services. Published by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA), the Technology and Australia’s Future report suggests Australia’s competitive future is at stake if nothing changes. As such, ACOLA considered . . .

Recruitment is a fast-paced, competitive industry that requires a lot of focused attention and energy. In privately-owned businesses, such as many recruitment agencies, there is the common trend of trying to do everything yourself as an owner, which risks stunting the growth of the company. This happens when the key decision makers are stuck doing back-office tasks each day that they’d rather not spend their precious time on when they could be more productive elsewhere; driving initiatives and building growth of the business.  With outsourcing of back office tasks becoming more than just a trend in the corporate world, the . . .

If the statistics released as part of the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) are to be believed, IT temps and contractors in the UK are set for a period of high demand. Each month, the REC interviews 600 employers up and down the UK to analyse the state of the IT recruitment world. With this industry one of the fastest growing globally, it is often the case that trends we see in the UK will soon be reflected in similar economies like Australia. As such, businesses, recruiters and contractors should keep abreast of these changes as they occur. In . . .

It is easy to say that technology has changed our lives for the better. We now have access to world-leading medical technology; mobile connectivity allows us to communicate from almost anywhere and students are learning code at high school. As the National Broadband Network continues to take shape, NBN and KPMG Demographics have offered insight in the future and analysed how fast internet could change the nature of the Australian workforce. As technology, and in particular the internet, grows it is inevitable that skills sets will change, making it important that businesses, recruiters and candidates themselves understand what is in-demand. Author of the Super connected jobs report, demographer . . .

We now live in an age where almost everything has a digital alternative. Tagging onto the bus without cash on the way to work is the norm and almost everyone conducts their banking on the internet. For businesses, the digital age represents an opportunity to adopt new technology and take advantage of the inherent productivity and financial benefits. This was confirmed in a recent report titled B2B Payments: 2015 Australia and New Zealand Research published by Deloitte Australia. Surveying 150 medium and large businesses in both Australia and New Zealand, Deloitte focussed on the role of digital payments and invoicing. According to the . . .

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