In 2019, Geelong was a region on the move. We led the nation in population growth and our economy was confident. We continued to gain momentum and growth across our major sectors. We were a region with strong entrepreneurial endeavour with an incubation hub for the commercialisations of ideas and innovations. We could have been forgiven for assuming we had many of the pieces of our economic jigsaw together.
18 months later as we herald the end of 2020, we see a vastly different picture. When COVID came to town, the landscape changed overnight. The pandemic and the restrictions that were introduced to keep us safe saw the oxygen evaporate from two of our region’s bigger contributors – Education and Tourism. Many industries were challenged, others held steady and yet other sectors flourished.
As a Geelong local I have a vested interest, personally and professionally in the region.
Personally, I am often asked to provide intelligence on the pulse of the region.
Professionally, as Director of Harvest Talent Recruitment and People Solutions arena our clients and stakeholders want to know where Geelong is heading.
The pace of change has been so frenetic that many chief executives, business owners, divisional directors and HR practitioners are still playing catch up.
Instead of receiving the news of change, we decided to create the news. The Harvest HR Index was born.
Our commercial, industrial, HR and careers consultants, with a further helping hand from our dedicated support team, personally reached out to our clients, suppliers, networks and partners asking questions on employment and HR trends. The input from the region’s employers has been invaluable.
We believe that by gaining a clearer picture of Geelong’s employment and HR landscape and sharing this with our community we are taking steps in the right direction.
We surveyed 85 of our region’s employers, to determine how we fared during the COVID pandemic.
“What have been the impacts on employment and what were the key HR trends for the region as a whole and our industries?”
Harvest Director, Maree Herath hosts a casual “on the couch” discussion with special guests Justin Giddings CEO Avalon Airport, Lisa Barton HR Operations The Gordon, Jason Doherty Regional GM Lifeline, Brian Cook CEO Geelong Cats , Debra Nash Commercial Director Truffle Duck and Mark Valena CEO GMHBA.
If you wish purchase one of The Geelong HR Index 2020 Reports, please contact Harvest t: 1300 363 128
We trust the findings will increase your understanding of the Geelong region; that you will be able to use the data to respond to challenges, take advantage of opportunities and play your part in the social and sustainable development of our great City.
If you just need some support and guidance, the Harvest team is happy to help you out with any stage of your recruitment cycle. This includes everything from crafting Position Descriptions, advertisements and sourcing strategies, screening applications, identifying great candidates, telephone screening and shortlisting, interviewing and reference checking.Contact us
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