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Market Update: what’s happening in Waikato’s recruitment scene

Posted by : Carmel Strange on September 3, 2018 11:28 am

Carmel Strange, Asset Recruitment’s Manager and Temporary Recruitment Specialist, looks at the recruitment trends we can expect in the months ahead.

It won’t be long until the Facebook memes start counting down the Fridays until Christmas. But here at Asset Recruitment, the last quarter of the year is a busy one for us and a time when we focus on the recruitment needs of our clients for the next 12 months.

In our 30 years in business, one of the many things we’ve learnt is that recruitment is an ever-changing industry, so keeping abreast of market trends is important for our clients and their recruitment success.

Waikato’s recruitment market remains one of the most dynamic in the country. Here’s a roundup of the trends we’ve seen and what we expect to see in the coming months.

Buoyant market

The final quarter of the year is a time when the market typically remains buoyant, before it quietens down over the Christmas period. It’s during the holidays that people tend to take time out, reflect on their careers and contemplate change, which results in higher levels of activity in the market in the New Year.

Temps in demand

The demand for temps is continuously growing and this is fuelled by several factors:

  • Temps can fill a short-term need, whether that be an internal secondment, parental leave, or to provide cover while recruiting for a permanent employee.
  • Seasonal work typically increases at this time of year.
  • We also see many candidates returning from overseas at the end of the year and they often choose to temp while familiarising themselves with Waikato’s market.

Temping has benefits for both candidates and clients. Many of our temporary candidates secure permanent employment after establishing themselves in a business while on a temporary placement.

Executive opportunities

Hamilton’s booming population has seen many Aucklanders head south where the property is more affordable and some of the best schooling opportunities exist. But there is still a number of people who are making the daily commute north of the Bombays for work. While Auckland offers a bounty of career opportunities, we have jobs right here in Waikato that rival those of the big city. Local companies need to consider how they are advertising executive roles to attract the calibre of candidates they are looking for.

Industrial sector surge

Waikato’s industrial recruitment scene remains active across the warehousing and manufacturing industries in particular. We have a solid base of reliable, hardworking temps who can be called upon for industrial roles. A number of these temps go on to secure permanent employment after establishing themselves in a role.

A time to review

Although the final quarter of the year always tends to wind up rather than down, it is a great time to review staffing options for the coming year, particularly if you have new initiatives and projects in the pipeline. Planning the best cover for these initiatives is critical and, in a tight employment market, the more time you allow for recruitment the better. Our team is available to discuss your potential recruitment needs for the next 12 months to help with your planning.

At Asset Recruitment, we focus on positioning excellence, finding the right candidate for your recruitment needs. If you’d like help with your recruitment activities, please get in touch with the team today.

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