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You tell me. How do we prepare for the recovery when it comes?

You tell me. How do we prepare for the recovery when it comes?

I am rather proud to be a Life Member of the RCSA in Australia, an accolade awarded to very few industry veterans who are judged to have made some contribution to the staffing industry in Australia and New Zealand. I often wonder how I sneaked in to this august group, and so I am delighted […]

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‘The Savage Truth’ – rocking and rolling and read!

‘The Savage Truth’ – rocking and rolling and read!

So, this blog you are reading is now two weeks old. I set up the blog at the prompting of my marketing guys and also, truthfully, because I have a lot to say about recruitment and staffing. But I also have a pretty challenging job that takes up a lot of my waking hours. As […]

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Are we there yet? Has the decline in hiring finally reached the bottom?

Are we there yet? Has the decline in hiring finally reached the bottom?

Perhaps the most common question I get asked these days is whether the dramatic decline in the staffing market has leveled off. My own staff, clients, candidates, even journalists want to know whether there really are any ‘green shoots’ in terms of employers venturing back into the labour market. As anyone in recruitment knows, the […]

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Negotiating temp margins. Focus on the outcome-not the rate!

Negotiating temp margins. Focus on the outcome-not the rate!

In a recent “Savage Truth” blog posting, I wrote about negotiating perm placement fees. Let’s turn our attention now to the question of negotiating temp Bill rates, and the challenge of maintaining our margins. In this recessed environment, your clients are going to be screwing you for all they are worth on Bill rates. Sadly, […]

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Negotiating Recruitment fees.Talk value, not price!

Negotiating Recruitment fees.Talk value, not price!

There is no “magic bullet” when it comes to fee negotiations. It is true that when the market softens the power shifts more to the buyer. But recession or not, you need to do everything you can to push back against margin degradation. And the way to tackle that head on, is talk about your […]

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Recruiters, don’t despair, recessions end!

Recruiters, don’t despair, recessions end!

Until about 6 months ago, I had the best recruitment job in the world ! Seriously. CEO of a global, yet niche recruiter, with 450 staff spread across 30 offices in 15 countries. We dominate our space in most markets, we are highly profitable, and we do cool things all the time (see Aquent.com) But […]

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