Sunday, March 20, 2011

Interim results from our recent pulse survey

CareerMums continues to attract skilled and flexible workers. Interim results from our latest survey (250+ respondents) again reinforce the high calibre of candidates:

- Over 60% have either a Bachelor degree, Masters degree or MBA. Another 30% are Diploma or Certificate qualified.
- Over 90% have between 5-20 years experience in their field of expertise.

The continuing challenge for this group of skilled candidates is finding flexible roles that suit their qualifications and expertise. Consider the roles you are currently advertising for right now. Is there an opportunity to offer some degree of flexibility (this can also mean full time flexible) so you can access this group of skilled candidates?

Feedback from recent DEEWR Family Friendly Workplaces Seminar

Last week, around 300 delegates from all major Australian industries and employer groups attended this seminar. I was on a panel discussing key strategies for overcoming barriers to implementing a flexible and family friendly workplace. During the panel discussion, I was very interested to hear about the current challenges of the delegates. Interestingly, it is no longer the challenge of digesting the concept of flexible working. It has moved on and now focuses on the following challenges:

- Knowledge to design flexible roles;
- Training for management on how to manage a flexible workforce;
- Designing specific employee programs for attraction and retention purposes;
- Looking beyond traditional recruitment channels to locate skilled flexible workers.

Talk to us about our HR products and services if some of these challenges are yours.