Elaine McKelvey's Blog (8)

Increased Demand for Permanent and Contract labour

The latest Pulse Survey of Hiring Intentions from the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA) shows 61 per cent of responding RCSA members predict an increase in the demand for permanent recruitment services over the next three months. In addition, 50 per cent expect an increase for on-hire workers over the time period. 

“The Pulse Survey of Hiring Intentions and the Department of Employments’ Internet Vacancy Index, both…


Added by Elaine McKelvey on June 2, 2014 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Change in NSW Payroll Tax

SDP welcome the recent NSW Budget measures, the announcement for payroll tax reforms to boost jobs and will aim to kick-start business with payroll tax relief.

So, what exactly is changing and what does it mean?

  • Under the changes announced in the Budget, the payroll tax threshold for business will be raised from $689,000 to $750,000 on 1 July 2013.
  • The changes will provide tax relief to thousands of businesses…

Added by Elaine McKelvey on June 19, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Latest Updates on Proposed Changes to 457 Visa

July is soon approaching and with that we will see the reforms to the 457 visa scheme come into effect.  Latest updates announced by the Government on the controversial 457 visa scheme include;

  • Increase of visa application charge; $900 instead of the current $455
  • Employers will need to make every effort to employ…

Added by Elaine McKelvey on June 7, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

Is the party over for IT recruiters?

The recent article published in the Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Is the party over for IT recruiters?’ described the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector as “slow times and belt tightening” stating that it has sent recruiters’ profits plummeting.


Is this really the case though? 


According to a recent published report …


Added by Elaine McKelvey on May 29, 2013 at 11:58pm — 1 Comment

Superannuation Changes - Recruiters What are you doing to Manage the change?

As we all know from the 1st July 2013 the Superannuation Guarantee Rate will be increasing from 9% to 9.25%.  The increase in contributions will continue each year until reaching a level of 12% as outlined for the financial year 2019/20.

With many recruiters in speculation at the moment, as to whether or not to charge the increase back to their end client especially in terms of any existing contracts that go beyond 30 June 2012.  So with this in mind…What decisions are…


Added by Elaine McKelvey on May 29, 2013 at 11:55pm — 2 Comments

Cost Efficient Contractor Management Solutions

A Temporary and Contract desk is proving itself as a key factor in sustaining a competitive and robust marketplace within the recruitment industry in Australia. With the growth of the contingent workforce, it is imperative that recruiters adapt and streamline their processes and operations to accommodate these employees.

Last year the recruitment market saw a steady and stable development, however some recruitment agencies still faced cash flow…


Added by Elaine McKelvey on May 21, 2013 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Proposed Changes to Subclass 457 visa – Reform to be introduced 1 July 2013

The Minister for Immigration & Citizenship, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, has announced some major changes to the subclass 457, Temporary Work (Skilled), visa program.  While the Minister’s statement presents changes to Immigration policy the Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC) is still finalizing the details of the legislative.  Most changes are expected to be introduced on 1 July 2013.

A summary of the Minister’s announcement is as…


Added by Elaine McKelvey on May 21, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Budget 2013 - How it will impact Independent Contractors & Businesses


How much of what was announced in the budget will actually become law?

Given that this is an election year with the current government’s chances of being re-elected are low, that is the question in everyone's mind.  As it was expected budget deficit, disability scheme and spend on education etc.  are confirmed.  I shall not go into the macro economic items, but will focus on what are the tax, super and other…


Added by Elaine McKelvey on May 17, 2013 at 3:30am — No Comments


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