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Australian recruitment and workforce agencies learnt some tough lessons during the difficult market conditions that have prevailed as a result of the global financial crisis (GFC), according to Robert van Stokrom FRCSA, the newly appointed President of the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA).
Mr Van Stokrom believes the recruitment industry in Australia and New Zealand has a leading role to play in shaping the workforce practices and environment in Australia and New Zealand.
He said: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And our industry has come away from the GFC stronger and more focused on its role in shaping a sustainable local labour market that is the basis for continuing productivity growth in this country.”
“How employers and recruitment agencies respond and attract the people and skills that allow their businesses to continue to grow will define our national reputation and our success within those tightening markets for labour and skills.”
In a statement, the RSCA stated that Australia’s workforce will, over the coming years, undergo significant changes as it adjusts to a reducing supply of new workers, requiring more innovative approaches to attracting and retaining labour.
The way that people choose to live and work is becoming infinitely more flexible than could be considered even five-years ago. The RCSA’s work with government and industry is to inform responses to changing labour market demand and the changing shape of work to build better functioning labour markets in Australia and New Zealand.
“The recruitment industry is a key driver to a healthy economy and we should be proud of that. The future for the recruitment industry rests in our assured confidence in bringing real value to employment services that enriches the candidate and client experience,” Mr van Stokrom concluded.