The Geelong HR Index Survey.

When COVID came to town. The workplace 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.

Moving to 2022 – let’s see where we are placed. Economic influences, employment trends, capability beyond the pandemic – gaps and needs for the future of work. Attraction and retention of staff. Talent acquisition strategies. Offshoring, outsourcing and so much more.

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.

Maree Herath.


2022 – 2023 Geelong HR Index

This year survey questions centred on three key areas; first the economy and its impact; second employment trends and third HR trends which honed in on capability, talent attraction, acquisition and retention, hybrid/blended work models today and whether companies are changing the office to accommodate new ways of working.

A complimentary abridged Regional Findings can be accessed here. 

To purchase the detailed report with industry specific knowledge please email: [email protected] or t: 1300 363 128

Geelong HR Index 2022 Limited edition hard copy:  $165

Geelong HR Index 2022 Electronic version:   $110


2020 – 2021 Geelong HR Index – Release of Survey Findings

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?”

  • The impact of COVID – winners and losers
  • Employment trends, holistically for the region and across various sectors
  • The biggest HR challenge yet
  • The support provided by our employers and people managers
  • Opportunities that came from the crisis
  • Returning to work after COVID
  • How quickly we expect to recover
  • Key HR initiatives for the future.

Survey release “on the couch” discussion

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.

Click here to watch the 2020 Release of the HR Index on You Tube.

Access the 2020 Geelong HR Index

Click to download the Regional Findings

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.

Great Presentations!

Both speakers were fantastic- informative, interesting and great presenters. Well worth coming to, I would like to come again and would highly recommend the HR Round table to others.

Donna H
Harvest give back

Harvest are very generous with their contribution to the local HR community providing regular opportunities for learning, networking and sharing. The topics are always relevant and the speakers are of good quality and experience.

Leanne P
An informative event with good…

An informative event with good presenters. I found the event to be very beneficial.

Thank you Harvest!

Diversitat was lucky enough to participate in two Self Care sessions delivered by Harvest Recruitment as part of their Workforce Management response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Arrangements were made quickly and without any hassles, both sessions were informative and helpful and the facilitator was excellent. Congratulations Harvest on an excellent program.


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