New take on recruiting
ADELAIDE business Harrison McMillan says it is shaking up the local recruitment industry by offering hourly rates and fixed cost services.
Co-directors Jodi Walton and Dani Bieg, who both previously worked for large recruitment agencies, said they started the firm to offer greater transparency to clients seeking new staff.
They said traditional recruitment companies charged candidate placement fees based on a percentage of the job’s annual salary.
“We have a fixed cost service level, so it’s really transparent to clients what they are paying for,” Ms Bieg said.
“We wanted to disrupt the recruitment sector and clients can pick and choose (services they need) so it’s a lot more cost-effective.”
Harrison McMillan worked with large companies and smaller businesses, many of whom did not have human resources or personnel departments.
Its client list was varied and included government departments and the RAA, as well as SA firms Vale Beer, Sydac and Codan.
Ms Bieg said it was particularly focused on working and partnering with local businesses. Among them was Adelaide firm Eco-Caddy, founded by Daniels Langeberg, which operated bamboo hybrid electric tricycles to transport people short distances.
Harrison McMillan used Eco-Caddy to travel around town to meet clients.
“We ran into Daniels at a networking event and got chatting,” said Ms Bieg.
“We have a lot of meetings around town and his business saves us time. We just think Adelaide businesses should support other Adelaide businesses.”
Launched in 2013, Harrison McMillan employed five staff at its city headquarters and expected to expand further.
“It was just the two of us for nine months when we started,” said Ms Walton.
“We were developing things from the ground up and then the demand was such that we started growing within the first year.”