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HomeBuilder: A $680 million Stimulus Package for the Australian Construction Sector

Australia entered its first recession in 29 years following a second consecutive quarter of GDP shrinkage to the end of March, halting a decades-long run of prosperity for the nation. The ‘conjoined catastrophes’ of the bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic has left the market needing a significant and far-reaching stimulus from the government to preserve jobs and get things moving again. The Construction sector is going to be just as key to the recovery efforts in our country as it has been to the sustained growth we have enjoyed. Demonstrating their understanding of this, the government recently announced the HomeBuilder initiative which will pump $680 million into residential construction projects to stimulate jobs, development and trade to weather the economic storm. We’ve broken down the key elements of the initiative and it’s intended impact, below. Time-sensitivity The Housing Industry Association has predicted a potential 50 per cent drop off in new build projects in the second half of 2020, making not only the value of the new program important but also the timeframes that have been stipulated. To ensure a speedy start, owner-occupiers taking up the scheme must have signed up with a registered builder before December 31st and the works must commence within three months of the contract being signed. Property Eligibility As this is a scheme to stimulate the residential market, no commercial [...]

By |2020-06-22T15:37:38+10:00June 11th, 2020|0 Comments

5 Top Tips for Effective Reference Checking

Candidate reference checking is a pivotal part of the hiring process. Unfortunately, the process can feel quite involved and overwhelming – especially when you’re busy running your company. As recruiters, we understand the value of quality reference checking. When a candidate misrepresents their experience or abilities at the hiring stage, it can lead to serious complications down the line. That’s why our process for checking references is rock solid, built on years of experience interviewing and following up to avoid any potential problems. Want to know more about how we conduct our reference checks? Best practice reference checking is something that recruiters excel in, so we’ve compiled the top reference checking tips we live by to show you how to get the most out of this vital stage. 1. Plan and Take Notes Good planning and clear ground rules form the foundation of any successful reference check and subsequent hire. We communicate with candidates upfront to get an early indication of their referees and make it understood what our client expects at the latter stages. If the candidate realises how important it is for us to check references, they’ll be able to prepare their referees, enabling the process to progress as smoothly a possible. It’s important to plan out the questions we want to ask referees to help us obtain the necessary clarity and [...]

By |2020-03-12T10:35:12+10:00March 12th, 2020|0 Comments

Guide to Managing Workers in the Heat

We’re in the very midst of summer, which means the rising temperatures are an added risk to your workforce. The danger of heat stress is a very real one, and it’s important to know how to manage these risks for your workers. Aside from keeping them safe, happy and productive on-site, the way you navigate work in harsh conditions can also impact the reputation of your business, and ensuring a positive employee experience is key for attracting and retaining quality talent in the long term. To help you maintain onsite health and safety during the heat waves, here is our helpful advice on managing work in hot conditions. Preventing Overheated Workers Stopping heat stress from developing in the first place is the best-case scenario, so let’s take a look at some of the best tips you can share with your onsite workers to ensure they’re operating at top capacity. Stay hydrated Our bodies sweat to fight against overheating, but if we aren’t able to sweat efficiently due to dehydration, working in the direct sun or restrictive clothing, it will be much harder to stay cool. Dehydration can even occur inside, especially if workers are near heat-producing machinery. Avoiding prolonged exposure to extreme heat and wearing lightweight clothing (where safe/appropriate) is a good start. Workers should also avoid antiperspirant deodorants (again, to encourage sweating and [...]

By |2020-01-30T14:54:07+10:00February 4th, 2020|0 Comments

Hiring Christmas Casuals? Here’s Why You Should Start Now

In the commercial and industrial sectors, Christmas is the biggest time of year, and having a quality pool of temporary employees is invaluable for helping a business to succeed during these high-pressure periods It may seem strange to start thinking of hiring Christmas casuals long before the holiday, but there are actually many great reasons why you should consider finding your casual employees sooner rather than later. Here’s why you should start your casual talent recruitment drive now. Stay Competitive In the past, many businesses have left their recruitment drives until closer to the holiday. However, recent years have seen a large uptick in companies advertising temporary roles as early as August, with most opportunities being posted around October and the start of November. This means that businesses are hiring early and filling vacancies long before December. Don’t get left out in the cold; finding the sweet spot to start advertising is essential. August may be a bit too early for many businesses, while any earlier will definitely mean missing out on job seekers who are looking to make a change as the year draws to a close. Too late, and there is a chance that all the best talent will have already been snapped up. Between October and early November seems to be the happy medium, so you can ride the wave of [...]

By |2019-10-29T09:56:51+10:00October 29th, 2019|0 Comments

The Importance of Succession Planning

Whether it’s a resignation that comes out of the blue or one that you’ve been aware of for some time, losing talent can leave gaps in organisations at any level. Replacing talent can often be time-consuming and costly, not to mention the affect it can have on productivity and morale. This is where succession planning comes in. By identifying employees with potential and bringing their professional development into focus, organisations can take a big step in minimising the impact of any loss. But where do you start when developing a succession plan? Identifying Employees with Potential Preparation is key. Sometimes, the answer is standing right in front of you i.e. the “obvious” choice. Usually, this is the second in charge, someone who has worked closely (or the closest) to the vacant position or their predecessor. However, don’t discount others in the team or wider business who might be flying under the radar. While their fit for the role may not be as overtly obvious, they may have the skill set, personality and drive to succeed. Look out for the people who readily put up their hand, go the extra mile and self-educate to better themselves professionally. It is also important to note that candidates who are already embedded in the organisation (inside or outside the team) are more likely to be a good cultural [...]

By |2019-05-17T07:15:44+10:00May 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Four Lessons Learned From My Time in Recruitment

Southside Staffing recently celebrated it’s 22-year anniversary – yes, 22 years in business! Having joined the company seven years ago, I might have only been here for a part of that journey, but I’ve certainly picked up my fair share of lessons along the way. In fact, with the constant change that shapes the recruitment game, I’m always learning. With this in mind, I wanted to share my experience and bring you four of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from my time in the industry. 1. Communication is Everything I have often joked that if I could wallpaper my room with one word, it would be communication. This is huge in recruitment, but it’s also something I’ve seen people forget all too often. As a recruiter, I believe that a large part of my role is not to sell a service, but simply to facilitate communication between candidates and employers. If you have certain priorities, share them. If something changes during the process, tell us. That way, you’ll keep your recruiter up-to-date and allow them to help you navigate the stages successfully. 2. Run Toward Technology, Not Away From It Technology has come a long way in recent years, and has driven significant change not only in recruitment, but in almost every industry we work in. I’ve made a conscious effort to explore the [...]

By |2019-02-25T05:41:46+10:00February 25th, 2019|0 Comments

The Hidden Costs of Hiring Directly

No one wants to waste money, which is why keeping recruitment in-house seems like a sensible option, at least at face value. However, in-house recruitment is not without its share of pitfalls. At Southside Staffing, we see many small businesses encounter unexpected snares and expenses when they begin hiring internally. With business performance relying heavily on having the right people, it’s essential to strike the right balance between managing costs and doing what it takes to get a good outcome. We want you to have all the facts when deciding between an in-house recruitment process or working with a recruitment agency, which is why we've put together some of the biggest hidden costs of hiring directly to keep in mind. The Buried Consequences of Internal Recruitment In addition to the obvious expenses involved in recruitment such as advertising on a job board, there are several other costs a business may have to deal with. The Strain on Administration One of the disadvantages of recruiting directly is the unforeseen toll this will take on your administration. In the world of recruitment, posting the job advert is just the beginning. Businesses recruiting in-house take on a huge number of tasks, such as writing the job description, sourcing job boards, screening resumes, shortlisting applicants, conducting interviews, checking references, communicating with candidates, making offers, handling negotiations and drawing [...]

By |2019-02-25T05:39:34+10:00February 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Tips to choosing the right Candidate for your Team

There’s no doubt that meeting a candidate face-to-face is the best way to gauge their suitability for a role. But is there more to look for than simply a rundown of experience and ticking the boxes with general questions? As with most aspects of life, the way in which people interact and tackle challenges says much about how they are likely to succeed. Consider these tips to help you select your next candidate with confidence. Relax. Set a relaxed tone for the interview. Even meetings for high profile roles can benefit from a relaxed atmosphere. The candidate (and the interviewer) is more likely to show the positive attributes of their personality when they don’t have to concentrate on acting formally. Also, allow the candidate to respond fully to your questions without filling pauses with lots of chatter. Keep it real. Speaking only of the perks of the job can set an unrealistic expectation that the role is all fun and games with no challenges. Conversely, only asking questions about tackling problems may give the impression that the role is a miserable drag. Taking a balanced approach is a key to ensuring great candidates keep their interest in the job on offer. Be honest. If you’re concerned about an aspect of their application, bring it up at the interview stage. You may be surprised at [...]

By |2018-12-06T21:44:00+10:00November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Exciting News – NEW Queensland Branch

#EXCITING NEWS SOUTHSIDE STAFFING HAVE OPENED A QUEENSLAND BRANCH EFFECTIVE 19TH JUNE, 2018. Janelle Catanach, our ex Sydney Consultant is heading up our new branch in Queensland and would welcome any communication from you all. Our new Division will include Office, Industrial, Executive & Hospitality staff - Temporary, Permanent and Contract. With over 20 years experience, Janelle has demonstrated a successful career working in the recruitment industry. Her passion for assisting clients and candidates is second to none. She prides herself on providing high levels of customer service & recruitment solutions for everyone involved EVERY TIME! So if you have a QLD office, a personal contact seeking recruitment assistance or a candidate seeking work please contact Janelle on: email: janelle@southsidestaffing.com.au or mob: 0402 375 424 Please join us in welcoming Janelle back to the Southside Staffing Team

By |2019-02-22T09:22:34+10:00June 20th, 2018|0 Comments

What Jobs will disappear first and who will it Impact Most?

A recent article by “INDEED” discussed “Which Generation is Most at Risk of Losing Work through Job Automation? Broadly speaking - management, professional and service occupations fall into the non-routine category while - sales, administrative, construction, transportation, production and repair occupations are considered routine. So which generation shows the most interest in jobs which are more susceptible to automation? Millennials and Generation Xers are significantly more interested than boomers in cognitive occupations.  The younger job seekers tend to be more interested in jobs that involve a lower degree of routine tasks, a characteristic that often makes them harder to automate. The majority of job seekers in all three groups under consideration – Millennials, Generation X and Boomers – show interest in some routine occupations. However, the two end generations (boomers and millennials) show significant differences in taste Boomers tend to be 49% more likely than millennials to show interest in a wider range of routine manual occupations that include installation, construction, maintenance and repair, transportation and materials moving, as well as personal care occupations. With the exception of Personal Care, these occupations fall into the group of jobs most associated with a high likelihood of automation in the future. Millennials have an above average level of interest in jobs in office administration and food preparation (routine) as well as arts, education and the life, physical and social sciences (cognitive). With [...]

By |2017-09-14T14:38:58+10:00August 16th, 2017|0 Comments