Newsletter – June 2017
Good afternoon, firstly let me say how excited I am that the new office in Box Hill is now open at 990 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill.
Finding quality candidates is becoming more and more difficult and placing an ad on Seek, will no longer bring you the desired results, and more and more of the placements we are making are from our database, and from headhunting we are having to do. Those connected to me on Linkedin, will no doubt have seen how active I am there. At the bottom of this newsletter you will see some information regarding strong candidates we have recently met with.
You will find on our website some links to the weekly radio interviews, which I do on TripleM nationally, and 3AW and 2UE.
Great to receive such feedback recently… “Refreshing experience working with Graham. Supportive and very informative. Graham’s prompt feedback and personable nature makes him an absolute pleasure to deal with. What I most appreciate is Graham’s wealth of knowledge in his field as a Recruitment Specialist and his seasoned but unique approach. Highly recommend Graham and Superior People to anyone journeying through the recruitment process.”
Penalty rates pass through Government
Federal Government backbencher George Christensen has crossed the floor and backed a Labor bill to stop penalty rates cuts, but it has been defeated.
The Opposition was trying to reverse a decision by the industrial umpire to reduce Sunday penalty rates.
Labor has attacked the Government for refusing to intervene after the Fair Work Commission recommended cuts to some penalty rates earlier this year.
Tuesday night’s move was narrowly defeated 72-73, a loss Mr Christensen described as “sad”.
Full article http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-20/penalty-rates-bill-prompts-george-christensen-to-cross-floor/8636488
UN agency ranks Australia 39 out of 41 countries for quality education
Australia has been ranked 39 out of 41 high- and middle-income countries in achieving quality education, in the latest international report to find that the country is falling behind in basic measures of teaching and learning.
Only Romania and Turkey were ranked below Australia in education in the latest United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report card.
The report looks at the performance of 15-year-olds in reading, maths and science, as well as the quality and level of access to early schooling, in 41 European Union and OECD countries.
The report found that only 71.7 per cent of Australian 15-year-olds are achieving baseline standards in the three key areas of education, based on the latest PISA assessment, and only 80.3 per cent of children are attending “organised preschool learning” for at least a year, according to 2014 figures.
Full article http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/un-agency-ranks-australia-39-out-of-41-countries-for-quality-education-20170615-gwrt9u.html
Unemployment rate falls to 5.5pc as full-time job creation continues to boom
Australia’s unemployment rate has tumbled to 5.5 per cent as another 42,200 jobs were created in May.
The figures easily beat the market’s consensus of a net 10,000 gain in job and the unemployment rate remaining steady at 5.7 per cent.
In seasonally adjusted terms, the number of full time jobs rose by 52,000, while part time employment fell by 10,000.It is the eighth consecutive month full time employment has risen, with 124,000 full time jobs created since September 2016.
The strong result was supported by an only marginal increase in the number of people looking for work, with the participation rate rising by less than 0.1 per cent to 64.9 per cent.
Other measures of labour market tightness showed the underemployment rate — where an employee works fewer hours than desired — just edged up, while hours worked rose by 1.9 per cent over the month.
Universities warned: take ‘drastic action’ or become irrelevant
AUSTRALIAN universities have been warned to drastically and quickly overhaul their undergraduate offerings or risk being pushed out by alternative education path ways that are giving students the skills employers want.
A gathering of higher education leaders in Sydney has heard calls to overhaul bachelor degrees and equip all students with “enterprise skills” no matter what they are studying to ensure graduates can get jobs.
CEO of global business school Ducere, Jack Hylands, told global educate conference EduTech on Thursday there was no excuse for universities not to offer practical skills that will prepare students for multiple career paths and agility to adapt when their jobs are impacted by automation and technology.
Full Article http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/universities-warned-take-drastic-action-or-become-irrelevant/news-story/bdcf7e006b5667edf65dd21f1c51ffb2
UK construction firm bans men from sporting facial hair over safety concerns
A BRITISH company has banned men from having beards on the grounds the fashionable facial hair could be dangerous.
Goatees “may be acceptable”, the company has said but it’s “not guaranteed”.
Construction firm Mears told staff during a so-called “toolbox talk” in London that staff had to lop off their locks so their dust masks could sit flush against their face.
It’s not gone down well with the union, who have labelled it as “penny-pinching stupidity”.
But Mears is unrepentant and said that staff going sans beard is now a nationwide policy.
In a letter addressed to “guys” the company said “operatives who work in a dusty environment — all of ours — must come to work clean shaven and able to wear appropriate dust masks effectively”
Can you check an employee’s emails without their knowledge?
While email is a vital communication tool for businesses, an organisation is vulnerable to employees who misuse it. Employer monitoring of email may be necessary to identify misconduct or to prevent harm to the employer’s business.
In a digital age where the line between personal and public is becoming increasingly blurred, the question often arises as to the rights of an employer to monitor employee email.
Australia is split on this issue. Australian private sector employers in states and territories other than NSW and the ACT can check employee’s emails without prior notice, agreement or policy. There are also special rules for public sector employers. Both NSW and the ACT have introduced legislation regulating private sector workplace computer surveillance.
In NSW and the ACT, unless a covert surveillance authority is obtained from a magistrate, complying with the legislative requirements for overt surveillance will mean an employer can lawfully check emails when needed.
Top Recent Candidates, please contact us if you would like to discuss any of these directly;
Dawn, Port Melbourne, Extensive office management skills, seeking $55k
Russell, Pakenham, Supply chain manager, seeking $75k
Rochelle, Newborough, Dealership administration, seeking $43k
Hayley, Brisbane, Customer Service Manager, seeking $48k
Dale, Narre WArren, Sales Manager, seeking $80k
Jessie, Ferntree Gully, Dealership accounts, seeking $45k
Superior People Recruitment
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