Gold winner: Randstad
Silver winner: Lloyd Connect
Bronze Winner: Hays

It has been a mixed 12 months for jobs in the professional services sector. For example, SEEK reported that job ads for accounting roles were down by 3% year-on-year. The market has been hit by the off shoring of transactional roles such as accounts payable and reconciliation roles.

Despite these industry-wide trends, certain professionals remain in high demand. 

Good accountants – particularly commercial accountants with a thorough understanding of the operations of sales teams – will be in demand from employers. And as the Australian economy continues its transition from mining to a broader service-based economy, organisational restructures and realignments are occurring with greater regularity, so insolvency and corporate recovery services skills are also in demand.

SEEK job ads for the legal sector grew by 8% year-on-year in May 2016. Lawyers with at least five years’ post-qualification experience were also identified as being one of the five professionals most in demand by Robert Walters in 2016.

Silver medal winner Lloyd Connect, which has experience in a number of areas, including in the ICT, legal and non-profit sectors, offers a ‘Recruitment as a Service’ (or RaaS) model to clients. The client pays a monthly fee and contacts Lloyd Connect when their services are needed. The subscription service is based on each client’s planned and unplanned staffing needs and enables a true partnership approach in talent acquisition. It’s a model that is connecting well with clients, as this respondent noted: “Jenny Lloyd from Lloyd Connect has won us over with her business model of the subscription based service. It is so much better than the lump sum amount the old recruiters use and incredibly kind to a small business cashflow. She is extremely knowledgeable and well connected when it comes to finding the right candidates. She never disappoints.”

Another had this to say: “I admire the professionalism and sector knowledge shown by Lloyd Connect. The candidate and client care are exemplary!”