New take on re­cruit­ing

The Advertiser - - BUSINESS JOURNAL - ALEXAN­DRA ECONOMOU

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.”

Pic­ture: TOM HUNTLEY

FAST LANE: Jodi Wal­ton and Dani Bieg with Daniels Lange­berg.

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