Gold winner: Robert Half
Silver winner: GOW
Bronze winner: Michael Page

The banking and finance jobs market remains subdued. In September, SEEK reported a 6% year-on-year decline in job ads. However, David Jones, senior managing director of Gold winner Robert Half, says employers are hiring quite strongly along the East Coast, with business expansion and new projects being the primary drivers of demand in Sydney and Melbourne.

While employers remain focused on cost and head count – particularly for back-office roles such as reporting – there are still some in-demand professionals. These include client-facing roles, such as relationship managers, as well as financial planners and compliance and risk professionals.

In general, employers are expecting more from their finance professionals, with increasing regulatory requirements being added to their mandate.

Jones says that looking ahead the increasing influence of financial digitisation and workplace automation will be one of the key factors shaping the financial landscape in 2017, driving demand for finance professionals with well-developed IT skills.

He says the key to a successful recruitment agency partnership with HR is “honesty, integrity, professionalism and personalised service”, all of which are core principles of the Robert Half business and the people it hires. “Central to the Robert Half business philosophy is that our recruitment services consultants only fill assignments within their field of expertise,” Jones says. “Each specialised division focuses solely on their particular industry, allowing us to provide unrivalled professional service and client support.”

Jones says the Gold award “speaks volumes about all the hard work Robert Half employees put into their daily workload to excel our business”. He adds that Robert Half is committed to an ‘ethics first’ approach and this provides the behavioural framework for its relationships with employees, clients, job candidates, shareholders and suppliers.