Winners from The Global Recruiter’s Asia Pacific Industry Awards have been celebrating their success and getting back to business this week. After a highly successful and very well attended Summit the Awards proved to be the icing on the cake of an exceptional two days which delivered expert insight from some of the industry’s leading players.
The Summit was held in association with APSCo and supported by associate sponsors LinkedIn and DaXtra. The event drew the support of ITCRA, NPAworldwide, VEAF and SPRO, marking its importance to the recruitment community across the Asia Pacific region. The date for next year’s Summit is already set for 5th & 6th October and companies who wish the make a big impact in the region, or extent their business here are advised to reserve these dates in Singapore straight away.
“The keynote session by Gyan Nagpal was mind opening, as the focus on trends from a macro perspective, such as population and demographic projections, really helped me look at recruitment and our market from a new angle in the present and into the future,” said Greg Chen, Secretary General of The Indonesian Outsourcing Association (ABADI) who were participating in the Summit for the first time. “The social media panel was also quite insightful as it introduced new business models and innovations, along with opportunities and risks that come with these new services as they evolve.
"Furthermore, the presence of an international business association - APSCo - was appreciated as I better understood the history, development and depth of our industry, and made new friends in the process," he added.
“The make up up of the audience four years ago was largely international recruitment agencies looking to gain insight into the region,” commented Miles Hunt, chairman of the Summit and director at Benula. “This year, the mix is different, with delegates representing mainly regional staffing companies with a focus on sharing and learning best practice. It is great to see the industry in the region evolving and maturing.”
This aspect of the industry was reflected in the businesses included in the shortlist and the ultimate winners of the Global Recruiter’s Asia Pacific Awards. Headline sponsored by First Choice Software, the Awards attracted a high standard of entries from new ventures, established global companies, small and large businesses alike.
GRMSearch was among the winners on the night, netting the top spot in the Best New Agency category. The achievement marked the second year in a row that the firm has taken out a prestigious category in the Global Recruiter Awards, with GRM Managing director Ben Cooper being named Best Recruitment Consultant last year.
“Since our management buyout and rebrand in 2013, we have worked tirelessly to ensure we are at the top of the game in our specialist areas,” commented Rob Green, GRM’s CEO. “We pride ourselves on having unrivalled market knowledge, hands-on industry experience, and real personal relationships, and this enables us to offer our clients and candidates the very best service and counsel.
“We are thrilled and humbled to have received this industry recognition. I would personally like to congratulate every single GRM'er as this award is testimony to their continued hard work and dedication to excellence,” he added.
Meanwhile, Monroe Group managing director Andrew Hairs said he was delighted for both the company and his team for winning Best Small Recruitment Business for a record third year in a row.
“The Global Recruiter Asia Pacific Industry Awards has been running for four years and for Monroe to scoop Best Small Recruitment Business three years in a row is a tremendous achievement,” he said. “It is fantastic to be recognised for customer service as this is something we have worked extremely hard to achieve.”
Monroe also reclaimed its title of Best Overseas Operation, having won the award in 2013. The category recognises excellence in extending a strong recruitment service in an increasingly global market. This includes involvement with and understanding of the destination countries, customer service, candidate experience, corporate social responsibility and innovative approaches to connecting with candidates and clients.
“We have opened up four new international offices in the past two years so this is a great acknowledgement of our efforts in emerging markets in Southeast Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region,” Mr Hairs said. “It also demonstrates that our business model can be replicated across different markets.”
Monroe was also nominated for the award of Best In-House Training, an achievement Mr Hairs was also proud of given the calibre of the other nominee.
Finally, Morgan McKinley said it was delighted to have won the award for Best Marketing Campaign. “As an organisation we have invested significantly in our marketing programme globally in order to provide value to professionals whatever their discipline or career stage,” said Aimee Carmichael. “We selected the the Women in Leadership campaign for the submission as it is a global initiative which originated in Sydney, Australia and then developed organically within the business. Research told us that organisations who actively promote diversity can improve performance and so in early 2015 we decided to put a better structure around this and create a marketing and communications campaign to really sell its value to our markets. The industry recognition adds further testament to our commitment to diversity.”