With potential future interest rate cuts and a competitive Australian dollar, 2015 looks like it will be off to a great start in terms of the economic outlook. This is certainly good news after a relatively slow 2014, due in part to the slowdown in the resources sector.
We have all been told a few things about employment trends. Work is becoming more casualised, our tensure in each job is getting shorter and more of us are working more flexibly such as working from home, but is this actually the case?
I will give you one clue (well technically three) it’s not Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn. In fact, it’s a company that most people in the West don’t know (is that a fourth clue?). There is no denying that in this age of technology people in all professions, including HR and recruitment, have to stay abreast of rapidly changing technologies and applications in order to avoid being left behind. Now more than ever the saying rings true ‘those that are standing still are going backwards’.
A few years ago I stopped off from an overseas trip in Perth to visit friends that were living in the area. As it was my first trip there we took in the usual sights which for many includes Kings Park overlooking the city, providing visitors with a great panorama of the high rise business district below. As a senior level recruiter I couldn’t help but notice each of the company logos emblazoned atop the flashiest skyscrapers; BHP Billiton, Woodside, Barrick Gold, Rio Tinto etc. I remember thinking at the time that I’ve never seen a city so dominated by a specific industry, in this case resources, which made me reflect on the clients I have traditionally worked with in Queensland and the East Coast. The phrase “all my eggs in one basket” popped into mind.