As an International Recruitment Company we are the barometer on skills shortages around the globe and in our modest way contribute to alleviating skills gaps by being the honest broker of certified trade skills and certain sector professional skills within and across national borders.
We have been warning, for well over a year about the increasing pressure caused by skills shortages around the globe and the issue is rapidly advancing on a broadening front.
There are 4 main areas:
So this is the background there are skills shortages everywhere.
In Australia almost two-thirds of Australian companies indicate they would consider hiring overseas staff to overcome skills shortages. The Australian Institute of Management’s (AIM) National Salary Survey 2011 surveyed 506 large companies throughout Australia, covering over 250 job roles. Around half of the respondents reported difficulties in recruiting staff due to skills shortages. In order to help retain staff, the vast majority (92%) of large companies paid salary increases in the 2010/11 year for at least some employees. The average pay increase for staff who received pay rises was 4%, higher than the average last year (3.7%). This will rise still further as Australia faces increased international competition.
It is moving from being an employer’s market to a candidates market and we also see a lowering of candidate standards as being inevitable.
Very few business leaders have woken up to the new international reality – the world really is a very small place for true international talent. Mobilisation of additional talent whether it is national or international is often strangled by bureaucratic processes that only serve to frustrate everyone involved.
International Recruitment isn’t rocket science – you need a comprehensive job description, a package and contract details and away you go but you need interaction with honest decision makers who know what they want and will cut through the crap associated with HR. The HR double speak is just laughable and it amazes me that Boards of Directors struggling for talent can’t see the barriers being put in place by in house bureaucrats.
In life we can all make choices I simply won’t deal with HR on the front end of an international recruitment drive. Life is too short.
In the expletive free version of what one Aussie told me “ HR, they bring me paper you bring me people” and it is those that cut through the barriers that will win in the new world where things are different.
Also remember that candidates have choices. OK, if Europe won’t give me a visa I’ll go to Australia or Canada being the new thinking.
Welcome to the new reality and remember the early bird catches the worm but that bird needs to know when, where and how to find that worm.
We apply the KISS (Keep it simple Stupid) principle in our business – get that job description right – remembering that acronyms don’t travel and get in touch
Author: Chris Slay
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