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In recent times South Australian industries such as automotive, manufacturing and retail have been struggling. Consequently, a myriad of employees have faced or will be facing redundancies in the near future.

Whilst this may be a difficult time for all the employees who are affected, we would like to remind current and future job seekers that there are and will be many opportunities available in the job market. This is a great time for employers to start searching for skilled operators who have experience within your given industry, or on the other hand, find alternative skill sets in new employees that can add to their existing work force.

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The current job market

The job market is tough out there currently, the amount of jobs on offer appear to be slowing down so the competition for even one position is fierce. Find out who the decision maker is relating to the recruitment / hiring process and organise something different than just an email application. Organise a coffee meeting to introduce yourself to the employer in order to plant the seed that you are the best person for the job.

With modern technology you could create an application video and submit that to a future employer it creates more of a personalised impression and is a different approach to an application to help make your application stand out to help you clinch that key interview.

David Arcangeli, Qest Human Resources 1 April 2014

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Happy Festive Season

The team at Qest Human Resources would like to wish you and your families a happy festive season and the best possible new year . We would like to thank everyone including Clients , Staff and people looking for work for your continued support. There are many positive indicators for the new year enjoy time with your loved ones come back refreshed and we look forward to working with you in the future.

David Arcangeli, Qest Human Resources 2 December 2013

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Market Update

The job market is heading in the right direction . After a Federal election is becoming apparent that there is slow but steady growth in the employment market . Some of the areas that we have experienced some positive signs are in the sectors relating to Health/ Medical , Energy , Mining and Manufacturing / Fabrication. There are many quality operators out there looking for work so this is creating a mini glutton of riches for employers possible employees to choose from.

If you are an employer or an employee ensure that you prepared for the positive times ahead.

David Arcangeli, Qest Human Resources 30 November 2013

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Fair Work Act – How it’ll impact Employers

In July 2009, the Rudd government introduced the Fair Work Act 2009 (www.fairwork.gov.au) which replaced all previous national workplace relations systems e.g. WorkChoices. The Act has been designed to cover the majority of Australian workplaces whether they’re small or large, corporate organisations.

Some of the key elements affecting business, effective January 2010 have new minimum employment standards that all employers and employees will be covered by. These are called the National Employment Standards (NES). These new standards cover conditions such as an employee’s maximum weekly hours; flexible working arrangements; parental leave (and related entitlements); annual leave; personal/carer’s leave; community service leave; and long service leave just to name a few.

Another change under the Fair Work Act 2009 has been modernisation of awards (Modern Awards). These awards are designed to regulate minimum terms of employment by covering employees through either the industry they work in, or by occupation-based replacing most existing awards.

Qest Human Resources is encouraging all organisations to be active, and is constantly working with its clients to ensure a smooth transition of the Fair Work Act 2009 legislation into their businesses.

Changes to Unfair Dismissal, Unlawful Termination and Termination of Employment in the workplace came into effect in 2009. These laws will allow employees to make unfair dismissal claims dependent upon the size of the organisation and length of service.

All collective bargaining agreements have to pass the BOOT (Better off Overall Test), before being approved by Fair Work Australia. This means that employers need to ‘prove’ that every employee is ‘better off’ with new collective enterprise agreements.

The new Act could only affect a business minimally or it may have significant impact on Human Resources such as changing current policies/procedures and re-training management on what is acceptable under the new legislation.

 

Amy Arcangeli, Senior HR Advisor, Qest Human Resources

a:  8 Greenhill Road, Wayville  SA  5034

t:   (08) 8372 7817

f:   (08) 8372 7800

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Being Prepared Now Will Help Your Staffing Levels Later…

In Australia’s current economic times, the recruitment of permanent employees has been tight with many ups and downs creating a lot of uncertainty within the marketplace. This has led employers to spasmodically hire casual employees on a ‘needs’ basis to appease immediate labor requirements rather than keep their long term staffing levels in mind.

While the upside of this has helped the employer to meet its staffing levels for the immediate future, for employees wanting to find and commit to long term jobs, this has been an incredibly frustrating time. Therefore on the downside for employers, some organisations have found they’ve missed out on the ‘perfect’ candidates because they weren’t able to offer long term opportunities to candidates.

The job market is looking to stabilize in the next 6-12 months, bringing the dilemmas back to employers as positions will become available but the availability of skilled workforce will diminish with increased demand for workers.

Larger industries will require skilled technical employees and may also attract those people to remote locations in South Australia and the more densely populated areas of the state will again result in severe skill shortages. At Qest Human Resources we are strongly encouraging our clients to look into their crystal ball now and strategically plan to forecast their potential staffing requirements for the next 6-12 months and commence recruiting now.

Employers should also be looking at implementing staff retention practices to avoid any disappointment in the future and losing their skilled, reliable and available employees to competitors. It is essential that employers move forward now by being proactive with highlighting their future recruitment needs, identifying the skills needed to perform job roles, increasing performance and retaining productive employees.

Recent decreases in South Australia’s unemployment figures indicate that the skilled employment market may well decrease sooner rather than later. Therefore by forecasting now on labour requirements, implementing strategies to improve performance and retain existing employees, employers will limit the possibility of being caught in the candidate short market that we’ll in evidently find ourselves in once our economic situation improves.

 

David Arcangeli, Director Qest Human Resources

a:  8 Greenhill Road, Wayville  SA  5034

t:   (08) 8372 7817

f:   (08) 8372 7800

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