The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2012-03-13T03:48:00Z Peoplebank awarded 2012 EOWA Employer of Choice for Women Citation 2012-03-13T03:48:00Z peoplebank-awarded-2012-eowa-employer-of-choice-for-women-citation Peoplebank has won a 2012 Employer of Choice for Women (EOCFW) citation from the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace (EOWA) agency. Peoplebank is the only specialist ICT recruiter to receive the citation, recognising it as a company that advances women at all management levels in its business. Peoplebank’s investment in gender equity includes progressive targets for women in management and leadership roles, as well as a planned development program – Women in Business - that runs across Peoplebank’s offices in each of Australia’s major capital cities.Over the past year, the Women in Business program has encouraged women to participate in Peoplebank’s Future Leaders program (60% of program participants are now women), as well as in formal mentoring (63% of mentees are female) and with access to female-specific networking and training such as the Women in Management Diploma.The program builds on provisions addressing barriers to women’s advancement: including up to 30 weeks’ paid leave; external resources for women transitioning into and from leave and on-site support as required (in one office, this takes the form of a breastfeeding-friendly room). The company also provides broader workplace flexibility, with staff – including a member of the Leadership team – taking advantage of opportunities to ‘dial up and dial down’ via flexible hours and working from home work arrangements. Peter Acheson, CEO of Peoplebank comments, “We’re focused on achieving organisation-wide gender equity: firstly, because it’s the right thing to do. Additionally, though, this program makes good business sense: because it is stimulating innovation and helping us attract and retain talented female employees.”Acheson comments that a female-friendly workplace actively fosters women’s engagement (that is, the employee’s genuine focus on and enthusiasm for their workplace, work and fellow employees – a lead indicator of employee productivity and loyalty).“Peoplebank’s female employees’ levels of engagement have risen by 10% in the past year. This is manifesting as a rise in the number of women who return to work with us after maternity leave, either full time or with flexible work arrangements,” Acheson says.Numerous studies have confirmed that companies with highly engaged staff typically deliver better business performance. For instance, Aon Hewitt’s 2011 global study found that high-engagement companies’ profit margins in 2010-11 were 22% higher than average, while low-engagement companies’ profits were almost 30% lower than average.“There’s strong evidence that the smart business strategy is to improve the workplace for employees, and this means, in particular, improving opportunities for women,” Acheson adds.Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) Director, Helen Conway comments that Australian business leaders understand the citation is a major drawcard in the war to attract and retain the best people. “The leaders of the organisations on this list recognise there is a competitive advantage to be obtained by employing a diverse workforce,” Ms Conway said.“They are attracting women into non-traditional roles where there are skills shortages, reaping the rewards of increased retention rates, and realising the benefits of flexible work practices.”Peoplebank has been voluntarily reporting to EOWA on its gender equity policies since 2006. The recruiter’s inclusion in the 2012 EOCFW citation list enables Peoplebank to use the “Employer of Choice for Women” logos for the next 12 months on marketing and other business documents. - ends -About PeoplebankPeoplebank is Australia's largest and leading IT&T recruitment company. Founded in 1990, Peoplebank specialises in placing talented IT&T professionals in executive, contract and permanent roles. As one of the largest Australian IT&T recruitment companies, we recruit for positions across the entire spectrum of IT&T and have developed preferred supply relationships with many of the best-known companies in the Banking & Finance, IT, Manufacturing, Retail and Government sectors.Peoplebank supplies IT&T recruitment services to 6 capital cities in Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne Perth and Sydney. PEOPLEBANK SELECTING FOR A MILLION-DOLLAR ROLE 2011-07-07T04:24:00Z peoplebank-selecting-for-a-million-dollar-role Peoplebank (Australia’s largest IT recruiter) is turning its attention to a key internal appointment: the selection of a staff member to act as their Ambassador in a Tourism Queensland challenge, vying for a $1 million dollar travel experience prize in Queensland.The challenge arises from Peoplebank being chosen alongside organisations from 11 other countries as a Top 20 finalist in Tourism Queensland’s Million Dollar Memo competition. The contest invited companies from around the world to submit a 60 second video on why their company is a great place to work and why Queensland is an amazing travel destination.Initially competing against over 350 companies, Peoplebank was chosen in the Top 70 best submissions before being nominated among the final Top 20 yesterday.The hotly-contested ambassador role has sparked a national selection process. Peoplebank’s 200 staff are each nominating their preferred representative for the 10-day challenge – an as-yet-unnamed series of events involving helicopters, seaplanes, fine seafood dining and snorkelling across amazing Queensland.Peoplebank’s CEO, Peter Acheson comments “We entered the Million Dollar Memo for three reasons: firstly share with the world what a great place Peoplebank is to work, and secondly, to support and promote the state of Queensland where we have been operating for almost 20 years. Finally, of course, we’d love to win the prize – which would have all of our 200 staff travelling to Queensland in 2012 and enjoying a once in a lifetime experience.”Acheson comments that the key selection criteria will focus on the nominee’s proven ability to embody Peoplebank’s values of accountability, teamwork and customer delight, their passion for Queensland and their ability to embrace physical and mental challenges.Peoplebank’s Ambassador will be announced at www.peoplebank.com.au on Friday the 8th of July with the eight day challenge event commencing on 24 August and the winner of the Million Dollar Memo announced on 31 August.- ends -About PeoplebankPeoplebank is Australia's largest and leading IT&T recruitment company, now incorporating Ambit Recruitment. Founded in 1990, Peoplebank specialises in placing talented IT&T professionals in executive, contract and permanent roles. As one of the largest Australian IT&T recruitment companies, we recruit for positions across the entire spectrum of IT&T and have developed preferred supply relationships with many of the best-known companies in the Banking & Finance, IT, Manufacturing, Retail and Government sectors.Peoplebank supplies IT&T recruitment services to 6 capital cities in Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne Perth and Sydney. PEOPLEBANK SELECTS BULLHORN FOR FRONT OFFICE STAFFING AND RECRUITING SOFTWARE TO FUEL GROWTH 2009-11-19T01:20:57Z peoplebank-selects-bullhorn-for-front-office-staffing-and-recruiting-software-to-fuel-growth Boston – November 19, 2009 – Bullhorn, the global leader in On Demand, front office staffing and recruiting software, today announced its on-demand platform has been selected by Peoplebank (ASX: PBA), the largest IT recruitment company in Australia. Peoplebank chose Bullhorn’s staffing and recruiting software to manage its front office activities, and integrate these into its back office system, thereby helping ease administration for its 200+ staff at six offices across Australia. “Peoplebank, already the largest IT contract and permanent placement firm in Australia, is continuing to grow by providing a better service to our customers and candidates,” said Peter Acheson, chief operating officer of Peoplebank. “In line with this strategy, it is imperative that we leverage innovative solutions, like Bullhorn’s, which is the largest software-as-a-service provider to the staffing and recruiting industry, to further improve the customer service that fuels our growth.” Bullhorn’s staffing and recruiting software gives Peoplebank 360 visibility into every sales and recruiting activity, from job order to placement, including a powerful reporting engine. By automating manual processes, Bullhorn increases Peoplebank’s productivity and offers an integrated solution for managing clients, candidates and staff. As Peoplebank continues to grow remote users can also be easily added to the platform, ensuring scalability. In addition, Bullhorn integrates Peoplebank’s current back office systems, Microsoft Dynamics GP and Personnel Agency Management (PAM) from Professional Advantage, to its front office solution. “As a leading staffing and recruiting firm in Australia, it is critical for Peoplebank to align themselves with an On Demand front office solution that is known for innovation and creating competitive advantage,” said Art Papas, CEO and co-founder of Bullhorn. “We’re very excited to partner with Peoplebank and we look forward to helping the company realize new levels of productivity and efficiency as their business needs change.” Bullhorn is the staffing and recruiting industry’s only 100% Web-based, On Demand, integrated front office solution. By integrating any email and calendaring with candidate sourcing, applicant tracking, customer relationship management and job management, Bullhorn enables users to communicate and collaborate with contacts, candidates, colleagues and clients in real-time to generate, source and fill job orders, or make placements, at anytime and from anyplace. Bullhorn’s users include staffing and recruiting firms of all sizes, from a wide range of industries – including information technology, professional services, office/clerical and healthcare. The Bullhorn Blogger is the company’s online community where customers, partners, Bullhorn professionals and prospective customers share ideas and best practices to advance the productivity of the staffing and recruiting industry through the innovative use of Bullhorn’s On Demand, integrated front office staffing and recruiting software. About Peoplebank Peoplebank is Australia’’s largest and leading IT&T recruitment company, now incorporating Ambit Recruitment. Founded in 1990, Peoplebank specialises in placing talented IT&T professionals in executive, contract and permanent roles. As one of the largest Australian IT&T recruitment companies, we recruit for positions across the entire spectrum of IT&T and have developed preferred supply relationships with many of the best-known companies in the Banking & Finance, IT, Manufacturing, Retail and Government sectors. Peoplebank supplies IT&T recruitment services to 6 capital cities in Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne Perth and Sydney. For more information, see www.peoplebank.com.au. About Bullhorn, Inc. Bullhorn is the global leader in On Demand, front office staffing and recruiting software, providing the only completely integrated front office solution for staffing and recruiting firms. By enabling recruiting, sales and management to experience the power of working together with 360 visibility into every activity, from job order to placement, at anytime and from any place, Bullhorn customers achieve the highest placement rates in the industry. Delivered through software as a service, Bullhorn continually meets the evolving business needs of its customers. More than 1,500 firms and 15,000 users worldwide, including some of the largest global staffing firms, partner with Bullhorn to meet the employment demands of the global economy. For more information, visit www.bullhorn.com or call +1(888)GoLive8. Bullhorn is a registered trademark of Bullhorn, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright 2009 Bullhorn, Inc. All rights reserved. Media inquiries please contact: Joe Cordo, Bullhorn (617) 478-9148 joe@bullhorn.com Tracy Pendergast, Pentica PR for Peoplebank (612) 9799 0896 / 61 411 034 868 tracy@pentica.com.au Peoplebank survey finds early “green shoots” in the IT sector 2009-07-21T14:00:00Z peoplebank-survey-finds-early-green-shoots-in-the-it-sector Peoplebank’s Quarterly IT&T Salary Index, based on salaries offered to permanent and contractor ICT workers over the April – June 09 period, confirms that while salaries and conditions remain stagnant, there are early signs of a firming market – through strengthening demand for contractors - in several of Australia’s key markets. The survey, released today, shows that overall IT employment levels remained lower than the high levels recorded in the first half of 2008 and demand was generally flat for much of the quarter. However, Peoplebank’s COO, Peter Acheson comments that there was a noticeable firming in the number of contractors being hired in June 2009 – a late improvement that saw contractor levels for the period lift slightly by around 5% over the prior quarter. Mr Acheson comments that this trend has continued into July. Furthermore, the types of contractors being sought being those that are typically sought at the beginning of projects, indicating that there may be the flow-on demand for project execution skills in the medium term. The rise in demand for contractors was most evident in New South Wales, in Western Australia and South Australia; and more constrained in Victoria, Queensland and the ACT. “This rise is consistent with Peoplebank’s experience that the contract sector is the first to respond to strengthened economic conditions, with a corresponding strengthening in the permanent market over the medium term,” Mr Acheson said. “In addition to this rise, Peoplebank’s clients are evidencing a significant and noticeable shift towards hiring. In our May survey of Peoplebank’s top 50 clients, only six indicated positive hiring intentions and 24 had a hiring freeze in place – and in sharp contrast, our June survey found 19 had positive hiring intentions and 12 had hiring freezes. ”In short, we believe we are seeing the very early signs of green shoots of recovery in the ICT sector: as organisations move ahead with projects, including the much-publicised core systems upgrades in the FSI sector. Other enterprises are now proceeding with projects that had been put on hold when the GFC hit, and some are also gearing up – tentatively – with a contract-based workforce so as to respond quickly to strengthening market conditions,” he commented. While most salaries (see table below) remained static for salaries paid to permanent employees and many contract ICT workers in more than 50 job areas, emerging trends in individual markets included: NSW: The contractor market is being buoyed by several much-publicised major projects: eg core systems upgrades in the major banks. Demand is particularly strong in the banking, government and telco sectors. Almost half of all demand is for project managers/business analysts – the sort of skills required at the commencement of projects. Other skills in demanded included for developers – Java/J2EE, Data warehouse/ETL tools, and software and web testers. In permanent roles, demand was strongest for developers – including .net and data warehouse developers, desktop support/service desk staff, server engineers, security engineers, and for those with SAP skills. VIC: Contract and permanent employment levels have declined over this the comparable period for last year – however, demand has stabilized in both the contract and permanent sectors. Contract rates continue to be scrutinised. Demand is strongest for: SAP, Storage, Security Solution Architects, Project Managers, Business Analysts and Testers with FSI knowledge, and for Desktop Support staff. ACT The impact of the GFC and departmental responses to the Gershon report’s recommendations around the use of contractors contributed to an overall reduction in engaged contractors of more than 15% at the end of June, and rate reductions of between 5% and 20%. Permanent demand in the ACT market has been strong – however, as with the contract market, there has been downward pressure on salary levels. Downward pressure is likely to remain until there is firm evidence of a recovery across the nation Key demand is for Sharepoint and .Net skills. WA: Demand for contractors has strengthened to the pre-December levels. Permanent recruitment saw some signs of strengthening in June. Demand is strongest for Java Developers and Project Managers, and also for .Net programmers, SQL Server database administrators, Sharepoint developers and Administrators, and finally, Technical Writers. SA Both permanent salaries and contract rates have remained stationary over the past three months. Demand for contractors began to firm late in June as projects previously on-hold or shelved begin to come back online. The skill-sets in high demand were spread across several areas: including for developers, analysts and engineers, as well as for people with ERP platform skills. Strongest demand is for Siebel, SharePoint, PeopleSoft Business Analysts and Developers, Oracle Developers, and Junior and Senior UNIX AIX Engineers. QLD Market conditions remain challenged. Both private and public sector organisations are anticipating that the eventual commencement of planned projects will lead to an increase in demand for contractors. The top skillsets are: SAP (ABAP) Developers, .Net Developers, Infrastructure Specialists (VMWare, Citrix, SAN, Active Directory & Windows), Field Support/Help Desk Support. Peoplebank is making its Quarterly Salary Index for each city available at www.peoplebank.com.au , as a guide for its enterprise clients and as a measure intended to help ICT workers identify areas of demand for their skills. Table 1: Comparative Sample of Capital City Salary Rates (for permanent roles): Position Sydney ACT Melbourne Adelaide Perth Brisbane Senior Business Analyst $120,000