16 October 2019- New Zealand recruitment professionals, organisations and recruiters are being encouraged to think about
how to take advantage of an on demand workforce, as portfolio careers are expected to become the new normal.
Speaking at the Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA) TechXpo in Auckland, James Fuller, CEO and
founder of Hnry, a fintech online service that takes care of financial admin such as taxes, payments and expenses, says
that the ‘Future of work’ is actually the ‘present’ of work and portfolio careers are becoming the new normal.
“We’re seeing more people with ‘portfolio careers’ across a diverse range of skills. Attitudes towards careers are
changing with more New Zealanders seeking variety in their work life, and opting for ‘portfolio careers’ which enables a
person to have a series of jobs over shorter periods of time, rather than permanent employment,” says James Fuller, CEO.
The (RCSA) held the inaugural Tech Xpo last month for members to showcase the latest tech innovations and insights for
the recruitment, staffing and workforce solutions industry. James says the RCSA TechXpo was a great chance to see how
digital platforms are really pushing the industry forward, and recruitment firms are rapidly becoming big adopters of
smart tech that makes their lives easier.
Ian McPherson, Chief Operating Officer, Enterprise Recruitment and People and Vice President, RCSA Board of Directors
said that James Fullers’ presentation was a great overview and reminder of how the gig economy is well entrenched and
ever-present at all levels of the workforce.
“Flexible opportunities and the ability to create multiple ways of earning that suit the lifestyle of gig workers never
ceases to amaze me and the way businesses respond to this could be a big factor in their ability to attract and retain
the right people at the right time,” says Ian McPherson, Vice President, RCSA Board of Directors.
James says it’s about having a core of permanent staff supported by shorter term specialist resources. This means that
getting a good mix between permanent and contract recruitment is going to be a really important factor for future
“The ‘gig economy’ isn’t just Uber and Airbnb - it’s actually independent earners and is a much larger group than people
think i.e. around 15% of the NZ population earn independently. They could be freelancers, contractors, consultants, sole
traders or self employed. We have eight full time staff, and probably another six or seven contingent workers that work
for us on demand, some for just a few hours a week. This means that we can get the value of their experience, at a price
we can afford. These specialists don’t want a permanent job, and there’s no way we could afford their skills full time.
Leveraging specialist on demand resource can provide organisations with the opportunity to experiment, get external
experience and to innovate,” says James Fuller, CEO.
The growing number of independent earners in New Zealand has seen a rise in products and services catering for these new
ways of working. Hnry, was an attempt to make life easier for independent earners as James had experienced the
challenges of contracting in the past himself.