Posted by APSCo on June 27, 2012
Congratulations to Chris Ward from Parity, the first recruitment professional to achieve Level 3 of our Recruitment Practice Standard (RPS) examination. As some of you may be aware, the RPS assessment has been developed to promote excellence throughout the professional staffing industry. Each examination has been created to be thorough, challenging and a benchmark for industry excellence, creating the highest possible standards of trading practice. Here Chris gives his view of the accreditation:
“When I first heard about the RPS, I thought receiving the award would be an ideal way to enhance my professional reputation and reinforce Parity’s brand presence. Alan Rommel, my Managing Director suggested I take the RPS level 3 exam as I have eight years’ experience with the company. The syllabus was relevant to my role as an Account Manager, and although some questions referred to recruitment project management and competency interviews, of which I have no great experience, I understood the fundamentals through working with large clients such as AXA long-term.
In my opinion, the test itself is well written. The competency based questions were geared towards ensuring customer satisfaction and delivering world class service. And by abiding by the RPS those who receive the accreditation demonstrate they stand for the same values as APSCo.
I believe that as a learning and development tool, RPS is incredibly worthwhile. Line managers receive feedback of results which can then be passed to the training team. This allows continual and targeted career development by allowing staff to receive guidance on particular areas suited to them. In addition, accreditation shows clients and contractors that Parity understand the standards of best practice.
Those in more junior roles at Parity seem excited to take the Level 1 exam. It’s a morale booster for those who have been in the industry little over a year to know their practices fit with APSCo’s code and ethical standards.
I think that the exercise has challenged the way I think about different situations, and has given me confidence in my approach to managing professional relationships.
Anyone who passes the award shows they are committed to ethical recruitment and best practice, and accreditation showcases your professionalism to colleagues, clients and candidates. I would certainly recommend it to anyone considering this route.”
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Posted by APSCo on June 25, 2012
Miles Hunt, our recently appointed chairman was interviewed by DeeDee Doke from Recruiter magazine, where he spoke about opportunities to help promote industry best practice and development.
Watch the video below:
I hope you found the video interesting and feel free to leave a comment – I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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Posted by APSCo on June 22, 2012
Yesterday was our last full day in China. Crystal Liu of Baker Tilly provided a breakdown of personal and corporate taxation in China (not too daunting), Daniel Leung of our Hosts, Squire Sanders, went further into the best methodology for setting up here and took a pretty pragmatic approach (!) Then our panel members from Morgan McKinley, NES, Antal and Empresaria answered a huge barrage of questions from the group with an openness and honesty that was truly impressive.
After a very late lunch and a quick freshen up, we donned our “glad rags” for the reception to honour the Queen’s Birthday and Diamond Jubilee, as the guests of Brian Davidson, the British Consul-General. What a great evening. Over 400 business dignitaries and Sebastian Wood, Her Majesty’s Ambassador, mixing at a garden party with British themed pavilions and even fish ‘n’ chips, shepherd’s pie, haggis and rhubarb crumble for dinner!
A fitting end to an amazing week!
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Posted by APSCo on June 20, 2012
A long day!
We were picked up at the hotel at 7.00am for the trip to the airport and then boarded the flight for the 2 hour journey to Shanghai. There was very little check-in and freshen-up time at the Westin Bund before Josie and I headed to Squire Sanders Shanghai offices for the afternoon presentations.
Dan Roules, Partner, had warned Josie that he was “better online than in person” but we beg to differ! He and Lindsay Zhu covered how to set up your recruitment company (not as simple as we – used to instant gratification – had hoped!). Dan asked for interaction, and he got so much that we are going to continue that discussion tomorrow morning.
Cebastian Liu from RBS covered the banking set up in China and clarified how to get your money out of China – bureaucratic but safe. For the first time the group decided to head back to the hotel for an early (ish) night (I write this from the Ritz Carlton where we have a much earned drink in hand) before a very full day tomorrow, which includes an evening drinks reception hosted by Brian Davidson, British Consul General, and attended by Her Majesty’s Ambassador Sebastian Wood, and 400 CEOs of British businesses and government officials. We are all ensuring a huge wodge of business cards are to hand!
We might miss the blog tomorrow but I promise to give you the inside story on Friday.
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Posted by APSCo on June 19, 2012
No time for sightseeing today. Sungbo Shim and Laura Wang of our sponsors, Squire Sanders, did a brilliant job of taking us through Chinese Employment Law and allayed any fears that we might have had about employing a team of consultants.
The inimitable Tony Goodwin of Antal International introduced us to Zhao Naizhen who runs the China Association of Foreign Service Trades, which looks after the interests of the recruitment sector across China, and Wallace Gao, Chairman of Career International, one of the leading RPO providers in China. The conversation was enlightening.
Sarah Jones, Head of Operations in Asia for Antal covered the life of an ex pat in Beijing – busy, complicated but worth it, and Fiona Lander of Lander Associates, gave insights into how to engage a multi-cultural and multi-generational team.
Then a short but hair-raising cab ride across town delivered us to the CBBC to investigate their “launch pad” service for British businesses (frankly a no brainer for a start up). Phew! We’re flying to Shanghai tomorrow morning with a full afternoon schedule to follow.
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Posted by APSCo on June 18, 2012
Today we’re in Beijing for the first day of APSCo’s long awaited trade delegation to China.
The recruitment market in China is set for strong growth and the opportunity for high quality British companies is vast. Today we have been receiving an education on the Chinese market and the exciting possibilities for British recruitment consultancies wishing to expand into the area. This morning Henry Bell of the British Embassy gave a truly insightful overview of the economic and political situation in the region. Susie Bates, Chair of the EU Chamber of Commerce HR Forum, presented the main HR issues in Corporate China focussing on the opportunities for recruitment companies and Anne Zheng of the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) spoke on the environment for new British businesses in China.
After a quick lunch some of the group hit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. We’re all looking forward to day two. Watch this space for more delegation updates.
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Posted by APSCo on June 15, 2012
If we needed any more proof that the Chinese employment market is booming, new research suggests that salaries in the country’s machinery market are soaring.
According to Janice Liu, Manager of Antal International’s Machinery Team in China, candidates stepping into new roles now expect a 30% salary increase. By comparison, pay increases in the UK average 3% across the private sector.
Liu recently closed a deal with a candidate insisting on a 40% rise – most other candidates were asking for the same increase. ‘It is now more challenging for companies to balance staff turnover and retain their best employees. They have to pay more to hire new people who will be at the same level as other employees earning much less’.
There is no doubt that China’s growth is far from slowing down, and recruiters in the region are enjoying the rewards of this continuing upswing. It seems China is still on the front line of a dynamic shift in world economics, and companies in the Asia Pacific region require the skills of recruitment professionals to help navigate this exciting period of growth.
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