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In some of the hardest recruitment conditions of the past 10 years, QJumpers has joined forces with NBR Talent to help streamline the way New Zealand companies seek fresh talent. Companies which use QJumpers already understand how its unique blend of innovative applicant tracking software and recruitment services enables employers to manage all applicants from the one place.
But, more and more, the search for suitable candidates to put into that system is proving difficult.
That’s why the two companies have forged a partnership which will give QJumpers clients an extra source of quality applicants by tapping into NBR Talent’s platform of specialist recruitment agencies.
Nothing about how either system works will change – companies will still be able to access 100% effective tracking of candidates through the QJumpers software, and NBR Talent will offer its full range of recruitment agencies for no up-front fee (a charge is made only upon a role being filled) – but there are also a number of cost and time-saving benefits for customers using the system:
The strategic business partnership was born out of the realisation that some of the top clients from both QJumpers and NBR Talent were using both systems – now these companies will enjoy a seamless, single-portal, single-login system. This functionality combines with NBR Talent’s efficient recruitment agency engagement process and smooth candidate flow, to simplify the entire process of using external recruiters.
As well as having access to job boards, social media and now NBR Talent’s large network of specialist recruitment agencies, the way companies using QJumpers work with candidates from recruitment agencies will become easier. If you change a candidate’s status in your QJumpers, NBR Talent will update that candidate’s recruitment agency at the same time.
The partnership allows your team a simple way to connect with recruitment agencies – from simply posting jobs into the system and choosing NBR Talent, the search is under way and the way jobs are advertised is common to both systems with all regular description, location and salary terms covered. But from then on, any communication is carried out simply through the QJumpers applicant tracking system and is synchronised with any other updates about the position.
Companies which are struggling to find suitable candidates in the tough New Zealand jobs market, are able – via recruitment agencies – able to tap into the 80% of “passive” employees who may not be actively searching for a new job and not looking on sites such as Trade Me and Seek. This is otherwise highly time-consuming work at which recruitment agencies excel. NBR Talent has a range of agencies (they have had candidate submissions from 25 in the past three months and have a regular core of 10 partners) ranging from large multinational companies down to small specialised firms hunting out the highest quality applicants for unique roles and these companies offer not only large databases of applicants, but also the opportunity to “shoulder-tap” potential candidates – again offering huge time and cost savings to companies.
QJumpers already offer recruitment services such as “shortlisting” candidates but by hooking into the NBR Talent system companies know there are already specialist recruiters whittling dozens of potential candidates down to only the most suitable for your company. The system is devised to offer a conversion rate of screening hundreds of applicants down to between 6 and 10 candidates, half of which would be expected to reach interview. This offers a huge time and cost saving for any company looking for new talent.
For companies who have been frustrated looking via QJumpers in the regular job market to fill a position, the partnership with NBR Talent enables them to step up the search via a recruitment agency – even if they aren’t used to dealing with that method of recruitment. You can decide to list a position on job boards for, say the first 30 to 60 days, but then move to bring that search to a quick conclusion by adding NBR Talent to your search on the QJumpers system. You don't pay to post jobs from QJumpers onto NBR Talent. Success fees for a successful placement are a NBR Talent negotiated flat rate of 12% plus GST. If you don’t find the right candidate, you don’t pay a cent.
QJumpers General Manager Simon Oldham said a global shortage of skills in industries such as IT and engineering meant Kiwi companies had to think outside the box to attract quality employees.
“We are pretty much in an identical cycle to 2007 – the last time there was a global skills shortage. And that means that overseas companies, complete with their big bucks, open up global searches for talent,” Simon Oldham said.
“These companies start pinching our best IT people, our best scientists and our best engineers for their global operations and New Zealand companies traditionally can’t compete with the amount of money they’re offering.”
Oldham also said the talent pool was also growing smaller because rapid advance in technology meant skills’ life-cycles were decreasing.
“You can learn to build an app and become a top app builder – but in five years building apps may not be a skill anyone wants any more. That means that when a company is searching for particular skills there are fewer and fewer people around who have them,” Simon Oldham said.
“International companies are now paying big bucks to attract this talent so New Zealand companies have to go away and try to find innovative solutions to keep them here.”
NBR Talent’s Business Development Manager Richard Webb said the company had looked at other models where there were parallels to how QJumpers worked because there were obvious benefits from having an online recruitment platform integrated with an applicant tracking system. But he added that having a system like QJumpers, where companies enjoyed close to 100% processing of candidates and he could see alerts going back to the NBR Talent platform of close to 100% processing of their candidates, was extremely important.
“The specific areas we work in include technical roles, which work very well, engineering, accountancy and finance, banking, insurance, sales and marketing, and roles in the supply chain.
“But if you are a fast growth technology firm using the QJumpers recruitment system and maybe you’re using that system to put job on to Seek for a couple of weeks before reviewing candidates, then if you realise you’re getting into deep hot water in not being able to fill the role, you’re then able to open up that role to NBR Talent to access recruitment agency talent and do it all through one site rather than having lots of accounts.”
The partnership between QJumpers and NBR Talent has been around 18 months in the making – but both companies are certain that it offers clients from both sides a great way to make the most of the talent in New Zealand – regardless of the tough times.
“This really is a win-win situation for everyone involved,” Simon Oldham said. “We will bring more jobs to NBR Talent giving their recruitment agencies more to choose from, and our clients will get access to new top quality candidates from top quality recruitment agencies while still enjoying the benefits of our applicant tracking system.”
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