The Northern Territory news Wed 14 Mar 2012
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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, March 14, 2012. NT NEWS. 33 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:14-GE:33 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K The mining, resources and energy sectors will still face a huge shortage of skilled and experienced candidates in 2012 Powerful recruiting tools Despite the Australian Government increasing the number of places for skilled migrants this current financial year, our resources and energy sectors are still facing a huge shortage of skilled and experienced candidates THE integration of mobile technology, the impact of the carbon tax and the use of Recruitment Process Outsourcing for global expansion are among top issues that will dominate our recruitment market this year, recruiting experts Hays says. High on the recruiting firms list is the importance of conducting a thorough background check rather than relying on content from social networking sites, which can be embellished. If theres one thing weve learnt from the last year, its that technology offers employers, recruiters and hiring managers powerful new recruitment tools, but if used exclusively such tools become counterproductive to the recruitment process, says Claire Forsyth, senior manager of Hays in Darwin. As employers incorporate social media checks into their recruitment process, some are neglecting to thoroughly background check the information they find. Some employers are making hiring decisions based on this unauth enticated content. Thats why taking time to get to know someone face-toface and confirming their background is still crucial in identifying the right role for them. According to Hays, the top 10 recruitment issues for 2012 are: 1. Mining for skills: Despite the Australian Government increasing the number of places for skilled migrants this current financial year, our resources and energy sectors are still facing a huge shortage of skilled and experienced candidates, says Ms Forsyth. This shortage, at both the trades and professional levels, will grow in 2012. LNG will also be a big feature in 2012, and there will be a huge demand for expertise in this industry. 2. Background checking: It is not uncommon for employers to use social networking sites to screen applicants. But some employers are now taking this a step further by using the content on such sites to decide who they will hire. We caution against this and warn employers that content on social networking sites can be misleading. Just as some candidates embellish their CV, we have seen cases of candidates exaggerating their skills, experience or qualifications online. 3. Mobile technology: We expect to see further integration of mobile technology into the recruitment process. Candidates have a growing appetite for information that merges easily with mobile technology, so organisations will look for ways that the recruitment process can make this simple. Small and medium enterprises are also looking at ways technology can improve the process. 4. RPO for global expansion: The reasons for using Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) will change as organisations that are looking to expand globally seek a global approach to their workforce and recruitment strategy. While cost reduction and process efficiencies will remain important, socio-economic factors, such as labour laws, demographic changes and global migration patterns are becoming too complex and causing employers to consider other, more sophisticated uses of outsourcing. 5. Instability of the eurozone: Australia is well placed to ride out any impact on the global economy caused by European sovereign debt issues, and in a global context, our unemployment rate is low. As a result, in 2012 we would expect to see increased interest from overseas candidates. 6. Impact of the carbon tax: We will see a shift, with job losses in traditional generation and job gains in renewable energy. Growth in the renewable sector has already led to a shortage of suitable candidates at the technical, trade and professional levels. This demand comes from all angles, including specialist energy consultancies, major engineering consultancies with renewable divisions, developers and energy operators. 7. Territory bound: The Northern Territory will be one to watch this year as it attracts the attention of candidates and investors. It has a lot of prospects, particularly in the mining and energy industries, and we encourage anyone out of work to look at opportunities in the NT, as well as Western Australia. 8. Increasing indigenous employment: The commitment to increase indigenous employment in the public sector to 2.6 per cent by 2015 will see set employment targets become more prominent this year as departments work towards achieving their quotas. 9. Culture of recognition: Rather than use salary increases to recognise top employees, organisations will instead review employee benefits, discuss potential career paths and offer training and development. In addition, several employers have recently introduced bonus incentives to staff. We expect to see this trend picked up more widely. 10. Succession planning: Employers will not only review their retention strategy but will focus on succession planning in 2012, particularly for roles where skills shortages are greatest. 7pm Friday 16th March 2012 SkyCity Darwin Grand Ballroom Sporting greats Peter Daicos, Glenn Archer, Chris Anstey & more HG Nelson and Sean Choolburra Three course meal, drinks and entertainment Tickets $180: www.darwinentertainment.com.au 08 8980 3333 Rioli Fund Annual Dinner
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