We have had the first few, of what will become many calls I suspect, from clients wanting to confirm that we have our application for a licence to supply on-hire services well and truly underway. With deadlines for applications looming large, this is obviously top of mind for many organisations wanting to ensure compliance with new regulations which will come into effect in Victoria, very soon. The answer is yes of course. We submitted our application way back in July. Rest assured we will advise both our clients and candidates the moment we are awarded our license!
Mirleen and I were very fortunate to attend one of The Brotherhood of St Laurence Podcast Talks during the week. This public event dealt with women’s economic disadvantage in contemporary Australia. Two speakers, Danielle Wood, Budget Policy & Institutional Reform Program Director from the Gratten Institute and The Brotherhood’s own Dr Dina Bowman, Principal Fellow, Work and Economic Security, Research & Policy Centre, spoke to examine why women’s economic disadvantage remains a live issue in Australia. Needless-to-say this slick presentation could have gone way longer that the allotted one-hour time slot to a packed and very much engaged room. Listen here .
Some of the statistics are quite alarming and of course as recruiters we are exposed to those very same people. They are predominantly older women whom, because of economic drivers, are forced to either return to the work force and/or search for job security to have any hope of supporting themselves into retirement. Often this group have been the main carer for independents throughout their life, (children or aging relatives or both), rendering part time employment let alone full-time employment almost impossible to achieve during this time. So what has happened after such a significant absence from mainstream employment, is that the job market has changed unrecognisably, requires different skills and often demands a demonstrable history of consistent work experience. Confidence is at an all-time low as individual’s economic reality starts to resonate. The shortfall in superannuation contributions as a result of these significant absences from paid employment leave this group with rather meagre amounts on which to retire, if ever! Anecdotical stories are horrifying with some women desperately holding onto their vehicles in order to have a place to sleep should house rental options no longer be affordable. Are we not one of the richest countries on the planet?
Last week I attended the HealthKit rebrand launch where the team now numbering 30 employees revealed their brand-new global name: Halaxy. Congratulations go to ALAN and their enthusiastic and growing team for organizing what was a great night of celebration at the very top of the Eureka Tower! Looking forward to partnering with team Halaxy as they continue to grow. Good luck with the move into the CBD this week! #halaxy
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