One of the largest gas and electricity retailers, AGL, has cut loose more than 70 recruitment agencies it formally used for hiring, in favour of a streamlined, single partnership with Futurestep Australia.
The announcement of the major deal between the two companies will see the outsourcing of all permanent and contractor recruitment, and the partnership will significantly streamline AGL’s demanding and complex recruitment process.
Stephen McSweeney, AGL’s talent acquisition manager, said they will be centralising all of their recruitment services into one place with a single team, which will be called ‘AGL Careers’.
“AGL Careers will provide AGL with a direct sourcing capability. This will significantly reduce our reliance on external agencies, providing us with an outsourced, yet internally housed and cost effective option for the majority of our recruitment needs,” McSweeney said.
Each year, AGL adds up to 600 new jobs to the Australian market, and is said to receive between 30,000 and 40,000 job applications annually.
“By expanding the internal recruitment model across the whole business, we will achieve a number of positive outcomes including improving the experience that tens of thousands of applicants have with the [our] brand every year, as well as consistently taking AGL’s Employment Value Proposition to market,” McSweeney said.
The process has has already been a significant undertaking, and AGL has used the past two years to trial a pilot program of the new recruitment system before now entering the implementation phase.