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Temp & Perm Office Recruitment – Market Commentary October 2015

In contrast to the frenetic activity of July through to September, the start to the final quarter of 2015 has been quite subdued in our Melbourne office. The number of permanent position requirements has reduced dramatically and temp staffing is mainly confined to bookkeeping and medical administration. Clients appear to be gauging their needs nearer the start date of an assignment and in saying that, are happy to accept a higher hourly rate to ensure the right calibre temporary support.

On speaking to a number of clients, it would appear they are taking a more visionary approach to 2016 in assessing their staffing requirements. This may explain the initial tentative approach to the closing months of 2015. Overall however, 2015 has so far been a year full of energy, optimism and growth in requirements.

The Sydney office staffing market by contrast is currently very active and we are witnessing an increase in both temporary and permanent vacancies from reception level through to office managers. In particular, the architecture, design and construction/property industries are very active.

Given a candidate shortage, job seekers are more selective in their search. As a result, employers need to act quickly; those who are too slow to act lose out on top talent. However while candidate levels are decreasing, employers’ expectations remain very high.

Skill demand this quarter – we’re seeing high demand for sales support, in particular telemarketers and call centre operators. Employers look for candidates with experience with CRM systems such as Salesforce, as well as being detail oriented, able to work in high pressure environments whilst still providing excellent customer service. Demand is increasing for office managers who can support a senior executive. Receptionists and office administrators remain wanted, particularly in the medical sector.

Candidate trends this quarter – strong candidates now receive multiple offers. They are aware that vacancy activity is increasing and are often attending multiple interviews.