6 ways jobactive can make life easier when you recruit

22 January 2016

Many employers say they don’t enjoy recruiting, and a few of the most common reasons are that it can be time consuming, costly, and difficult to find the right person. On top of this, most businesses are hiring because of staff turnover rather than a new position—which means that you’d probably rather be spending your time (and let’s face it, money) keeping the business running.

This is where jobactive can help. As you may already know, jobactive is a recruitment service that can help you find the right staff, with no cost to your business.

What you may not know about jobactive is that there are a number of other ways it can help make life easier for you when you need to find someone new, from offering wage subsidies to providing support after your new employee starts work.

Here’s our list of the top six.

1. You’ll get personalised help from a local provider

One of the things that sets jobactive apart from other recruitment methods such as advertising online is that you can get personalised help from a local jobactive provider. Your jobactive provider will work with you to understand the needs of your business, including the qualities that you’re looking for in an employee.

Because they understand the local labour market and have good knowledge of local industries, they could help you tap into opportunities that you didn’t know existed.

If you’ve got specific skill requirements or an ongoing need for more staff, they may also be able to develop a tailored package of support.

Regardless of whether you’re just looking to take on one person to replace someone or if you’re a larger business looking to expand and fill a number of jobs quickly, your local jobactive provider can help.

2. Someone else can take care of screening and shortlisting for you

This one is simple. Rather than spend hours sifting through CVs and working out who to interview, your jobactive provider can screen and shortlist job-ready candidates for you, eliminating one of the most time consuming steps from your recruitment process.

Sometimes it can be difficult for a job ad description to accurately reflect the type of person you’re looking for, and likewise it’s tricky to tell from a piece of paper whether someone will be the right person for your business.

Your jobactive provider can help you find the ‘right fit’ for your workplace, because they’ve worked with you to find out what your needs are, and they’ve also already spent time getting to know the candidates.

3. You can access wage subsidies, if you hire an eligible job seeker

When you use jobactive to hire someone new you may be able to access a wage subsidy—a payment that’s designed to help you to take on new employees and make it a bit easier for you.

Wage subsidies of up to $6500 including GST are available if you employ an eligible job seeker including someone who is under 30 years old, long-term unemployed, Indigenous or a parent. You can also access up to $10,000 if you hire an eligible mature age job seeker through the Restart programme.

You can use the wage subsidy in any way you like to support your business, but some businesses like to use it to help meet costs of on-the-job training for new staff, or to cover other costs that they’ve incurred while hiring.

You will receive the wage subsidy over a 12-month period, but you can negotiate flexible ongoing payment arrangements with your provider to suit your business needs—you don’t need to wait until the end of the 12 months before you start to receive financial help.

Your jobactive provider will know if you are able to access a wage subsidy and if there are suitable candidates that are eligible. They can also let you know about other requirements, such as making sure that the job is ongoing.

To ensure you don’t miss out, you should make sure you speak with your jobactive provider within 28 days of employing your new staff member to complete the application for the wage subsidy.

4. You may be able to access help with pre-employment training, work-related equipment or other financial support

One of the reasons businesses find recruitment time and resource intensive is the need to adequately invest in and train new employees.

If needed, your jobactive provider may be able to meet the cost of pre-employment training and work-related equipment.

This can include specific training that you need your new employee to do in order to perform their role, such as obtaining a fork lift licence or competency in safe knife handling. It can be accredited training, or non-accredited training if it’s a specific requirement of the job.

Your jobactive provider may also be able to provide initial help for your employee with things like transport to and from work, and essential tools and equipment.

If you are having difficulty finding suitable employees in your local area, you may be able to benefit from relocation support. Under the Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job programme, jobactive provides job seekers with financial assistance to relocate to take up ongoing employment or an apprenticeship, removing some of the barriers that prevent job seekers from relocating for work.

5. You’ll continue to get support after your new employee starts work

When you take on a new staff member there’s inevitably a bit of an adjustment period at the start for you and your new employee. Even if they’re the perfect fit for your workplace, they still need to get familiar with how you do things and learn a bit about your workplace culture.

When you hire someone through a jobactive provider, you’ll continue to receive support once your new employee has started and as they settle into the job. They will check in with you both to make sure things are going smoothly and provide assistance where needed. For instance, they may be able to offer mentoring support in those first few weeks.

The type of support they offer can be tailored depending on the situation. This is because jobactive providers want to make sure that the person you hire is the person that stays with you—helping that person get a sustainable job, and helping you keep your turnover rate down and focus on running your business.

6. If you’d rather manage things yourself, the website and app can help

jobactive also offers online services and an app that can help you manage your own vacancies.

Through the jobactive website, you can:

  • advertise at no cost
  • search for candidates based on your criteria
  • achieve high visibility for your jobs
  • access a personalised Employer Dashboard where you can track all of your job vacancies and applications, and access statistics on how they are going. This allows you to shortlist, rate and contact applicants, create new jobs ads, extend your job ads and more.

To access these features you just need to register, which only takes 90 seconds.

There’s also a free Employer jobactive app that you can download from iTunes or Google Play. The app allows you to easily find jobactive providers around you, advertise your jobs (again at no cost) and manage your vacancies, from your mobile device or tablet.

Here to help in over 1700 locations

These are just a few of the ways that jobactive can help you out when you’re recruiting; if you get in touch with your local jobactive provider you may find that they offer a range of other services, many of which can be tailored to suit your business.

There are jobactive providers in over 1700 locations across Australia who can help, regardless of what industry you operate in. Find your local jobactive provider today.