Celebrating the finalists of 2020’s recruitment excellence awards

Authored By Carly Fordred

While the saying goes “there can only be one winner”, in a year as unique as 2020, the companies shortlisted as finalists in the recruitment industry’s Awards for Excellence represent a group of businesses who are all at the top of their game.

They’ve innovated, created, protected, improved, performed and given back to the community, all while navigating the implications of a global pandemic and ensuing economic recession.

It’s no mistake then, that these companies find themselves in this distinguished group. They’ve worked hard and represent the work that many in the recruitment industry have undertaken to keep employment in Australia moving forward, when all seemed lost or just simply, too challenging.

It’s a particularly proud moment for APSCo also, having received a record number of entries for the Awards during one of the toughest periods in recent business memory. It is a testament to APSCo’s Members and the sponsors who invest in supporting the Awards.

Major Sponsor, Sovereign Private, has been a recruitment industry specialist since the business was founded in 2014, and “it is only fitting for us to sponsor the APSCo Awards for Excellence,” says Managing Partner, Paul Masters.

“We have a genuine interest in assisting recruitment businesses to achieve financial excellence. Our services not only focus on ensuring industry best financial and tax compliance, we also assist businesses to build and maintain an internal finance function that provides management with the valuable key metrics to understand current performance and provide insights to make important decisions that define ongoing growth.”

So without further ado, here are the finalists of the 2020 APSCo Awards for Excellence, proudly sponsored by Sovereign Private:

Best use of Digital sponsored by The Ayers Group

In a year when the use of digital has become even more apparent, category sponsor, The Ayers Group, chose to support the “best use of digital” category to give back to the industry that supports their business.

The 2020 finalists are:

  • Halcyon Knights
  • ManpowerGroup
  • M&T Resources, and 
  • Precision Sourcing.


Best response to the Pandemic (WHS) sponsored by WorkPro

Category sponsor, WorkPro, couldn’t be more proud to sponsor this category to honour those who continued to meet their obligations and duty of care during this challenging time.

As a leading workforce compliance and inductions solution in Australia, WorkPro recognises the work that goes into adapting to sudden changes in the job market and the impact this can have on work health and safety for workers. “This was a year when organisations needed to step up and show leadership, and there’s no better way to do that than by putting the health and safety of their workforce first,” says WorkPro founder, Tania Evans.

The 2020 finalists are:

  • Caring For You Nursing Agency
  • Launch Recruitment
  • ManpowerGroup, and
  • Ozstaff

Best response to the Pandemic (Innovation) sponsored by Entity Solutions

The need to innovate with the changing world of work has been imperative, says category sponsor, Entity Solutions. With Entity’s 21+ years of experience in guiding recruitment agencies, HR teams, and contractors through the process of compliant engagements, the company is looking forward to celebrating the agencies and HR teams that are preparing to bounce back even stronger.

The 2020 finalists are:

  • Blueprint Medical
  • M&T Resources
  • Ozstaff, and
  • Peoplebank


Best approach to Health & Wellbeing sponsored by Sunsuper

“It’s been one of the most challenging years in recent history and never a more important time to focus on our health and wellbeing," says Stephen McKay, Head of Relationship Management, Corporate and Institutional, Sunsuper. “As a profit-for-members fund with 1.4 million members, we deeply care about the health and wellbeing of our members and the communities in which they live.”

Sunsuper supports more than 140,000 employers across a range of industries and understands how important it is to prioritise their employee’s health and wellbeing.

“There are change-makers working across the industry, seeking to bring positive change through innovative support programs and education. It’s important to pause and take a moment to acknowledge the contributions they have made.”

The 2020 finalists are:

  • Allegis Global Solutions
  • Chandler Macleod
  • Precision Sourcing, and
  • Whizdom Recruitment


Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year sponsored by SEEK

SEEK know the importance of a strong CSR program for attracting great talent and making a positive impact on society and their CSR program is one that means a great deal to their own people and is why they are delighted to sponsor this award.

“At SEEK, our purpose is to help people live more fulfilling lives and to help organisations succeed, which is what drives our business, our people, and unites us in the real and positive impact we have on society,” says Con Marchesan, Head of Recruitment Industry Segment.

The 2020 finalists are:

  • Driftwood Group
  • Effective People, and
  • Launch Recruitment


Candidate Experience sponsored by CareerOne

"CareerOne has reinvented itself on a foundation of great candidate experience that breaks existing paradigms and propels our industry further into the future," says Moussa Namini, COO of CareerOne. "That’s why we are so deeply passionate about sponsoring the Candidate Experience category of the APSCo Awards. It’s an opportunity to recognise the amazing strides taken by leading recruiters who are making the candidate journey more rewarding and engaging."

The 2020 finalists are:

  • Keane Consulting
  • Lloyd Connect
  • The Nudge Group
  • Whizdom Recruitment, and
  • Zeep


The MD’s Recognition Award

While so many success stories have come from companies throughout the year, it’s the resilience and positivity of people that have kept the wheels of the industry turning. 12 individuals from APSCo Member companies have left a lasting impression on their colleagues who have nominated them for the APSCo MD's Recognition Award, a category designed to recognise an individual who has raised the bar amidst the difficulty of 2020.

The individuals nominated by their colleagues for this Award are:

  • Benjamin Lepke, 1Medical
  • Christie Blake, Harrier
  • Col Levander, ratescalc.com
  • Haylee Burley, Whizdom Recruitment
  • James Purtell, Cox Purtell
  • Jodi-Lynne Duyster, Australian Medical Placements
  • Kate Weston, Harrier
  • Matthew Lumb, Frank Recruitment Group
  • Stephanie Mataia, Harrier
  • Terrence Pillay, OzStaff
  • Tracee Rowe, Finite
  • Bianca Witkin, Paxus

The overall APSCo Awards for Excellence category winners will be announced digitally on November 26. You can find out more about the APSCo Awards for Excellence and the finalists here

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