The 2016 Round Up
What a year eh?
2016 will surely go down in history as one of the weirdest years on record. The Brexit saga, reality-tv-star-turned-president Donald Trump, the shocking resignation of John Key, Winston Peters taking up mining, The Real Housewives of Auckland, Chekka clown gate – the list goes on! I’m not sure about you, but I think we all need a big rest!!
Speaking with businesses out there, it’s pretty clear they are ready for a sit down too. Overall, for most companies, 2016 has been a year of sustained growth, reinvestment and a refocus on their staff.
Within the accounting & finance space, we are seeing shortages across the board and multiple offer situations are becoming the norm and standard for good candidates. We’ve seen current employer’s counter offer to avoid losing people (see our thoughts on that). We’ve also enjoyed seeing a number of good employers create graduate accountant roles and invest in training & developing new entrants to the industry – good on you guys! It will pay off.
There is a renewed (and much needed) focus from companies on how to attract and retain the best staff. Making sure you’re paying a decent salary is important, but increasingly this is just a given, with more people focused on work-life balance, development opportunities and working with good people.
Within the recruitment industry, we have seen a year that’s been fiercely competitive in the search for both quality candidates and clients but there is also more differentiation between agencies more now than ever before in terms of how they operate and what exactly they can offer. Some agencies are happy to send resumes to clients without even meeting the candidate so they can offer a cut price on their fees. I’m delighted to confirm that here at Consult we are still firmly focused on the top candidates and clients, and we meet everyone we represent!
In terms of what has happened to us as a business, well, we’ve had a great year!
THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Notably Greg Savage became a Director and shareholder which was, of course, huge for us and we have benefited immensely from his ongoing support and direction.
- We now have two offices! Both Takapuna and Newmarket are going really well and have been really well received by all that we work with (staff, candidates, and clients).
- We also produced the first copy of What The Buck? Our accounting & finance salary guide based on the data from What’s My Worth – now NZ’s largest accounting & finance salary tracker.
- Staffing wise, we continue to develop and add to the team and can boast with the largest accounting & finance recruitment team in Auckland (brushes gold dust off shoulder)
None of this would have possible however without your help and support this year, however. Whether you’ve been a candidate, a client, a supplier or someone who has referred us or given us feedback during the year – thank you ever so much. We are very grateful for your support.
To those of you that are about to go through year end – I hope it’s kind to you! To everyone else, I hope you have an amazing break and get some rest in so 2017 can be the best yet.
We are mostly happy to announce that we will be closing our doors for a wee while over the holiday period to have a bit of a rest. From 23 December 2016 our offices will closely resemble a bit of a graveyard but rest assured we will be back in action on the 9th of January 2017 to kick off the new year with gusto.