July 25 2007 - Speaking at the recruitment and executive search specialist TMS Asia-Pacific's
12th annual global conference held recently in New South Wales chief executive officer Gary Marshall said Australia's
travel industry staffing crisis showed no signs of resolving and professional recruitment services had an essential
part to play in the "war for talent".
Gary Marshall referred to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics which show total national job vacancies in May 2007 rose by 1.7 per cent to 166 000. In New South Wales employers are seeking to recruit just under 52 000 workers, a 24.5 per cent increase from 12 months ago.
Gary Marshall said:
"In the current market, human capital has become critical to a company's success. Being connected to the right and best talent in the market place can prove to be the fundamental difference between success and failure in this tough environment. This is where a professional recruitment service, such as TMS, provides the point of difference."
Gary Marshall said one of the key benefits of using a third party consultancy was that it gave employers exposure to "passive" candidates reluctant to respond to direct advertising.
"Instead of choosing the best candidate that applies for a job, a client can enlist consultancy support to widen their selection parameters and choose the best 'available' candidate in the market. An added benefit is that professional consultancies provide clients with the assurance of a thorough candidate background check and psychometric profiling. And the situation works well in both directions. Candidates, reluctant to respond to direct advertising, are fully aware of the professional 'safety' factor when dealing with consultancy firms."