A number of Australian technical recruitors are looking at new recruitment regulations, following the release of an internal report into recruitment practices.
The report, titled “Technical recruiters need a mandate”, released in April by the Australian Academy of Technical Recruiters (AATR), found that technical recruiter standards had not been properly monitored and that recruiters had not implemented policies that would ensure that recruitees were provided with opportunities to develop their technical skills.
“We need a more rigorous standard of recruitment for those who have the skills,” said Dr Jennifer Brown, a senior research fellow at the Australian National University’s (ANU) Department of Psychology and director of the Centre for Psychology of Technology and Innovation.
Dr Brown said recruiters needed to ensure that they were not “dumbing down” the recruitment process.
In her view, the AATR’s recommendations could be a step in the right direction.
“[It is] a big step forward in the long term,” Dr Brown said.
According to Dr Brown, recruitment should not be “dumbed down” because recruiters should have the power to make sure that they are not recruiting for an “unhealthy” or “unprofessional” reason.
Under current recruitment rules, recruiters can only recruit for a maximum of three years at a time, with no limits on the number of years they can recruit for.
However, under new recruitment legislation that the Government is currently reviewing, recruitrs can recruit up to three years in total.
There is a need for recruiters to have more “boots on the ground” in the field, she said.
“We are talking about a whole lot of different kinds of people in this space, and that requires us to be a bit more proactive in our recruitment practices,” Dr Wilson said.
The AATr report recommends that recruitors implement training programmes that help them understand recruiters’ expectations and to ensure they are giving “proper and genuine” feedback to recruiters on how they are using recruiters.
“As recruiters we need to be prepared to take responsibility for the outcomes we are providing,” Dr Russell said.