Flexibility’s key to getting and keeping staff

Providing flexible working arrangements is becoming more significant to Geelong organisations aiming to recruit talent in specialist disciplines.

At the release of a survey of Geelong employment trends, recruitment and HR specialist Maree Herath said employers with technology projects, in the health sector and in small businesses were increasingly needing to provide more flexible working arrangements.

She said level of flexibility was increasingly being seen as one of the three most important things for an employee and organisations were moving to more outcome-based employment arrangements.

“If you can achieve your outcomes, you can achieve them anywhere,” Ms Herath said.

“It doesn’t have to be in an office, from a certain time, to a certain time.

“Organisations are now embracing this, and small organisations know it is a necessity. They won’t be able to attract talent if they are just inflexible in how the offer their employment offering.”

The director of Harvest Talent Recruitment and People Solutions was speaking at the launch of the “Geelong HR Index’, conducted by Harvest.

The survey indicates that 50 per cent of Geelong region’s medium-sized employers (20 to 500 employees) were finding it increasingly difficult to attract talent.

Two-thirds of large employers (more than 500 employees) report having no issues in attracting staff with the exception of highly specialised and certain management or executive positions.

The index shows that in the quarter to June, large organisations, including government departments, hospitals and the city council, will employ half of all new data and business analysts, and 40 per cent of new IT and T specialists.

Ms Herath said industries with technology and digital projects were finding the available talent pool was in demand, requiring organisations to offer more flexible working conditions.

“We have to look at contracting, we have to look at remote working in order to deliver those technology deliverables,” Ms Herath said.

Dave Cairns, Business Beat, Geelong Advertiser.

Harvest HR Index

Produced by Harvest Talent Recruitment & People Solutions, the HR Index explores employment trends across sectors and unpacks key HR themes.

Maree Herath

Director - Harvest Talent Recruitment & People Solutions

With over twenty five years working in recruitment, Maree has significant global experience recruiting for some of APACs leading brands across Melbourne, Perth and Hong Kong.

Returning to her hometown of Geelong in 2009, Maree established Harvest to bring best-practice talent acquisition and Executive search to the Geelong and South West Victoria regions.

Today, Harvest is a well-known player in the Geelong talent recruitment, Executive search and human resources field with strong experience in placing some of the region’s most difficult to fill roles.

Maree’s focus is on strategic account management and business development, but has a particular soft spot for recruiting across:

Executive search;
Oil & gas and petrochemicals;
Manufacturing and logistics;
Resources and energy; and
Life sciences.

Harvest Talent Recruitment & People Solutions

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