Christmas comes Early for Corporate Australia

Unlike the rest of the World who will have to wait until the 25th December to celebrate Christmas, many Australians believe the upcoming elections on the 14th September will be the start of a golden era for corporate Australia.

But will Australia be ready?

If history is any example, Australian companies could plan to fail by failing to plan. This would mean losing the advantage of available and job ready people in an unexpected boom of open jobs.

Instead of leaving it to the last minute, Australia needs to approach the international market immediately. Director of InWork International Ralph Hunter, is a specialised recruiter from Brisbane with years of experience in the international employment market and confirms that Australians are in for quite a shock.

His points are:

  • In the period of the downturn, Australia faced little competition and could pick from a large pool of talent while other countries struggled with the worldwide recession. Today there is much more competition from around the globe as many other nations are identifying skills shortages.
  • International candidates have a better appreciation of their worth and are willing to shop around for the best deal. Australia frequently misses the good employees due to slow corporate decision making and the visa process. This will not change unless Australia changes.
  • Modern technology makes accessing the international markets a lot easier however it doesn’t help when corporate Australia can’t put the time into marketing themselves or their vacancies properly. This is an extremely basic and useful skill needed in the workforce.

Ralph Hunter’s global company InWork International offers the following top tips which are all about getting prepared and warns that international recruitment will not wait 6 months for the election.

  1. Identify your needs, get corporate buy in and get those vital job descriptions in place. (Skills Provision, a UK based international recruitment agency, is making 100 copies of the book “Job Descriptions” available free of charge to the first 100 Australian corporates that register with either InWork International  Skills Provision  our ourselves European Recruitment Agency.
  2. Make sure your intended package is internationally competitive. If for example, a top European chef earns AUD $150,000 in Europe, he/she won’t be going to Australia to earn AUD$100,000.
  3. Get your internal marketing documents together. What would you want to know if you were seeking a job in England, Canada or South Africa? This is the type of information that candidates are seeking.
  4. Make sure you are fully up to speed on current Employer sponsored 457 visas and have the in house or outsourced skills to process this quickly and efficiently. You need to allow yourselves 3-6 months to go through the whole process.

Set yourselves realistic targets as you are likely to face intense competition

  • Get all the preparation done by Easter
  • Launch your recruitment campaign in April
  • Selection and contract negotiation in May/June
  • 457 visa application June-Aug
  • Arrivals September to Christmas

This methodology will leave you better placed than the 1000’s of Australian corporates that will sit on their hands until after the election and then wonder why they have missed out.

Merry Christmas to you all. It pays to be prepared.


Author: Peter Arkwright.


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