The past week's top Shortlist stories, in brief

In the past week, the hottest articles on Shortlist included: a recruitment agency defrauded of $450k; Vodafone's recruitment tech overhaul; financial results at Hays, Chandler Macleod Group and Finite; hiring metrics benchmarking; 2020's in-demand jobs; and more.

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Reo Group CEO Marcelo Concha has spoken frankly about the perils of ignoring warning signs about consultant behaviour, after the business was defrauded of more than $450k.

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Vodafone TA manager Gray Wilson shares how the company has slashed its cost per hire and onboarding times after completely replacing its old "procurement for people" recruitment technology stack.

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Hays, Chandler Macleod Group and Finite Group have all reported double-digit revenue growth in their latest ASIC filings, but only one has improved its net profit after tax result.

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It now takes, on average, 39.2 days to fill a vacant role in Australia, and costs $19.5k, new recruitment benchmarking from Elmo shows.

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Mercer has revealed the jobs to attract the highest salary growth in 2019, indicating hot demand in 2020.

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Articulating flexible work policies when recruiting is the 'game changer' for large employers struggling to attract new and returning talent, says Working Parents Connect director Erin Kefalas.

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Beaumont People has released a report on what constitutes 'meaningful work' to talent.

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And in people news...

Hudson RPO Asia Pacific CEO Kimberley Hubble has shared her personal drivers, what stresses her out and her leadership style in the newest episode of 'Shortlist chats with'.

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Leon Cutler has joined Becks Wiggins Stokes Recruitment as its new GM. ...

Angela Cameron and Lisa Cooley have been recognised as New Zealand's recruitment leader and consultant of the year, respectively, in the Seek Annual Recruitment Awards (SARAs).

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