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“Moir Group has the ability to provide constructive advice. They have a clear understanding of their subject matter and provide practical alternative solutions, which greatly assist in resolving issues.”

Domenic Chiera, Chief Financial Officer, Lake Maintenance


“I can confidently recommend Moir Learning as a great resource to assist someone entering the job market. As a new immigrant, Moir Learning Services took the time to review my CV with me and offer suggestions on how to better align it to the Australian style. They also offered feedback and advice to help me better myself in the marketplace. They were a pleasure to work with.”

Katie Zuzek, Senior Project Accountant (contract), International HR and BPO


“After spending time with Moir Learning Services, to go through my resume and LinkedIn account, I have learned techniques in maximising their use and I have gained more confidence in my job search. I’m highly recommending this session to anyone who has just come back into the job market.”

Belinda Beattie, Senior Commercial Finance Manager, Apple


“Matthew Talbot Homeless Services are pleased to acknowledge and commend Moir Group for their commitment to the ‘Work it out’ Program. The importance of the program can, and will, make a major difference in assisting our clients to seek employment and help rebuild their confidence and self-esteem.”

Julie McDonald, General Manager, Community & Corporate Relations, St Vincent de Paul Society – NSW


“I completed a CV/LinkedIn session with Moir Group and it was absolutely brilliant.  I've come away with the confidence that they are up-to-date and professional.  I would recommend this session as a worthwhile investment for anyone re-entering the job market.”

David Kneeshaw, General Manager, Finance and Business Operations, Intercompany and Stock


“It is excellent to work with an organisation that is able to adapt to our needs so willingly and effectively. The facilitators are always professional and committed to ensure that all participants involved are provided with personal attention. Feedback from participants of each workshop is outstanding. Moir Group displays a capacity to reach out to the disadvantaged; they offer compassion to individual needs and provide real practical advice to our service users affected by homelessness, or at risk of homelessness. ”

Caterina Giuliano, Program Manager, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Support Services Ozanam Learning Centre


“The people at Moir Group understand our requirements and consistently provide quality finance and accounting people to our team.  I would recommend Moir Group to those who are looking for professionalism and transparency in a recruitment partner.”

Mark Roberts, Director , Human Resources, amaysim Australia

“We have worked with Moir Group on a number of projects over the last 12 months. I have found them to be helpful and reliable in producing quality candidates for our business.  I would have no problem recommending Moir Group for finance recruitment needs and will definitely work with them again in the future.”

Kim Van Der Poel, People Advisor, Dalkia Energy Solutions


“With the understanding and knowledge Moir Group have acquired of our business over the past 2 years, they are capable of meeting our exact requirements and we can always rely on them for high quality candidates. They are not only reliable and efficient, but, very friendly to work with. If asked, I would recommend Moir Group’s services.”

Raheel Irfan, Group AP Manager, Idameneo Pty Ltd


“Moir Group have consistently introduced quality candidates to our organisation. Their experienced team and willingness to understand the client ensures the right people are employed and gives me every confidence in returning to Moir Group for recruitment advice and assistance.”

Chris Mamarelis, Chief Financial Officer, The Whiddon Group


“Moir Group assisted Steadfast in the recruitment of multiple roles. I enjoyed working with them and they delivered excellent outcomes and displayed a high level of professionalism and integrity at all times”

Rosalie Lau, Group Financial Controller, Steadfast Group


“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Moir Group. Their style is professional and thorough and they worked hard to source some excellent talent for our business.”

Sandra Cittadini, Senior HR Manager, SunRice


"We needed to build a quality team in a short space of time and Moir Group were key in assisting us. They listened to our needs and presented the right people to help us develop the culture we had begun building. As a result the transition has been an overwhelming success.”

Gary Margetson, Head of Shared Services, News Corporation


"We have been working with Moir Group for over 12 months now and have filled a number of senior roles. Their feedback, preparedness to challenge, as well as provide sound advice, has been invaluable to us. They constantly sought to understand our needs, to refine that understanding and to ensure we were able to continue moving forward. Their service throughout the process was exceptional.”

Carol Pegler, Director of Human Resources, Bard


“Integrity, professionalism and the desire to find the right fit between candidates and prospective employers - it was a pleasure to experience these attributes with Moir Group. Their commitment to finding the right role with the right cultural fit was second to none and I’m looking forward to maintaining my relationship with the Moir Group well into the future. The Moir Group does indeed stand out from the rest.”

Paul Wiggins, Global Financial Shared Services, Fosters Group Australia


"Thank you very much for helping to deliver outstanding candidates for this role. In comparison with other agencies, working with you was pleasant, professional and provided a great outcome." 

Stuart Rennie,Church & Dwight


"Moir Group handled this process in an exceptionally professional way." 

Craig Adams, Chief Financial Office, Clarendon Homes


"I will definitely stay in touch with Moir Group, I hold your company in very high regard and appreciate that your employees are genuine people who care about others, not just the outcomes."

Michelle Adam, Finance Manager, Woolworths


"I have dealt with a number of recruitment agencies, but by far Moir Group stands head and shoulders above all of them. I have found the engagement experience with Moir Group to be ground-breaking, new and so refreshing."

Hamilton, Candidate


"It was an absolute pleasure working with the wider Moir Group team and please be advised that I have recommended Moir Group amongst my network from both a candidate and client perspective."

Tim Howells, Software Controller, Microsoft


"The feedback, advice and enthusiasm Moir Group exhibits is absolutely refreshing. Hugely impressed with Moir Group."

Chris McFadden, Candidate


"A quick note to say thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. Various conversations with your team and their positive attitude and willingness to explore options with me simply reinforced to me that you understood that its about people's lives and not just the numbers."

Tendai Des Moyo, Chief Financial Officer, Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW


"Thanks again for your personable professionalism and delivering on the promise of the Moir Group brand.

Wayne McCusker, Managing Director, Church & Dwight

"Moir Group thank you so much for your superb professional advice and warm encouragement. I'm very grateful"

Cherry Liu, Candidate


"Moir Group is great and I thoroughly enjoyed working with you as a company. You are very good at what you do, always have a good understanding of me & our business and are great people to deal with.

Kristian Mertens, Chief Financial Officer, Norman Disney & Young


" Moir Group is the best agency in Sydney without a doubt, your professionalism and kindness is rare these days." 

Alessandra Rizzo, Commercial Analyst, Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited 


"Moir Group really stand out in comparison to other agencies, you work together as a team and genuinely are passionate about finding people a job. The fact that I felt this when I first met Moir Group and still feel it now means it must be an important part of your culture as a whole, it sets you apart from all other agencies. Moir Group are by far the best!”

Steven Davies, Candidate


"Angela has been a valuable resource and support in bouncing ideas off in a competitive job market. She has a depth of knowledge, shown great empathy and I have found her advice to be relatable and grounded. I would highly recommend Angela to someone seeking advice in their job search."

Linda Lukban, Candidate


"I'm glad that I have met the right people! Job satisfaction  = fulfilled life - says it all.." 

Annake Dippenaar, Candidate 


Quarterly Market Update - October edition

Future-proof yourself for the
workplace of tomorrow

The workplace is changing around us all the time. Sometimes for the better; sometimes, it can seem, for the worse.

Changes can be dramatic or gradual, often a reflection of the larger shifts we are seeing within society at a macro-level: changes of family structure; changes in the economy; changes around what success means to people.

The challenge people face is in understanding and navigating changes in the workplace and finding their place within the new order, particularly if they have held a very secure and unchanging position previously.

As leaders and educators in the field of recruitment, it is important that Moir Group is constantly at the forefront of change in the workplace, understanding how it affects people and advocating for new ways of working that help people to achieve their goals and get ahead.

Two key emerging trends are the need to stand out from the crowd and the increasing popularity of flexible work arrangements. Read more about these below, or jump straight to our Quarter 3 job market update.

Don't be afraid to stand out from the crowd

Over time, we are seeing businesses increasingly seeking out a diverse mix of employees who bring a wide range of complementary skills, both soft and technical, to the table.

Having a range of different experiences, personalities and perspectives creates a well-rounded team that is capable of performing across a diverse range of areas.

The notion that possessing the right technical skills alone is enough to get you into a top spot is long-gone. Now times have changed, it’s essential to ensure that you present yourself as a candidate who offers something different.

A key step to help you stand out when going for jobs is to be self-reflective and to recognise the unique attributes that make you who you are and how they would add value in a role. Remember to consider soft skills you have developed over time. These might be transferable skills you have developed through your personal life, interests outside of work or previous career avenues. Really consider what makes you excellent. It is often the strengths that set you apart that employers really notice and appreciate.

Asking for feedback from others is another great way to understand your singular qualities from an outside perspective, both the things that make you excellent and also the things you can work on. If you are open to feedback from others it can really help you hone in on the traits that differentiate you from other candidates.

For organisations, it is vital to consider how a diverse team can work well and harmoniously together and embrace their differences. Increasingly, soft skills such as teamwork and conflict resolution are becoming increasingly important components for a well-rounded candidate.

Organisations see personal traits such as authenticity, openness and trust as being great building blocks to achieving genuine rapport and connection, especially when working with a range of different types of people.

Tips for clarifying what makes you stand-out

  • Go over your strengths and what your unique skill set can bring to the role and the organisation. 
  • Have clarity of thought before you communicate via your resume and at the interview. This will give you confidence.
  • Have examples of your achievements and successes ready to go. Think these through and you will see you have achieved a lot over your career. 
  • Writing things down can help you to really own and understand the unique skills that make you excellent.

The benefits of normalising flexible working arrangements

‘Work/life balance’: The term has become a bit hackneyed.

People, the world over, pay lip-service to the idea of maintaining a healthy equilibrium between their home and work life. Whilst it’s questionable how many people are truly achieving this, we are seeing a gradual movement towards flexible working arrangements being normalised in the workplace. We believe that in the next 5-10 years it will be normal for most organisations to have flexible working arrangements.

Job-sharing is one of the more common examples of flexible working arrangements. This is where two people share the same role, making up the full-time equivalent. However, flexibility can mean anything from working one less day a week; having an earlier finish time or adjustable hours across the week.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 30% of Australians are currently employed on a part time basis - a figure which has steadily grown since the 1970s. This gives us the third highest proportion of part time workers in the world, ranked only behind Switzerland and the Netherlands. 

Job share arrangements are also on the rise with over 40% of Australian employers now indicating that they offer this as an option for employees, according to the ABS.

At Moir Group, we are fierce advocates for flexible working arrangements. It’s something we practice as well as preach, with several of our own employees working in highly effective job-share arrangements.

We are now challenging other businesses to change their thinking about flexibility for their staff. As part of this process, it’s key for us to normalise the concept of flexible working arrangements for our clients and educate them about the benefits for their business. We do this simply through practices such as promoting flexible work candidates exactly the same as we would with full-time candidates. Ultimately, we believe it comes down to the abilities of the candidates, not their circumstances.

And it’s not just employees who benefit. Organisations that practice flexible working arrangements see higher levels of productivity in their employees as they are happier in their role and feel more valued. If more businesses start to offer flexible work arrangements, they will see that it impacts the bottom line.

Currently, job sharing and other flexible work arrangements are seen as the domain of mothers returning to work and wanting to still look after their children some of the time. However, we believe that these types of arrangements can and should be open to everyone.

“We will know the corporate world has truly made a shift to flexible work arrangements when we start to see equal numbers of men and women taking up part-time arrangements”, says Moir Group Director, Karen Ryan. “It is hard for both men and women to work full time, high powered, senior roles without a supportive partner. If the corporate world is not open to men playing the role of flexible worker who helps with family commitments, allowing their partner to work full time, it will make it hard for significant diversity at senior, corporate levels.” 

ABS figures highlight this gap. Currently only 5% of Australian men who take parental leave apply as the primary care giver. Male parental leave is highest amongst financial and insurance services industries, whilst the lowest level of uptake is in agriculture and fishing.

Ultimately, from an individual's point of view it's about people defining their goals and values to work out exactly what they need for a balanced life. It will vary for everyone but flexible working arrangements can be a factor for many reasons including study, family-time and even hobbies.

As Moir Group Senior Consultant, Fiona Marr notes, ‘I met one candidate who was an Olympic kite surfer who needed one day a week for training. He just asked and they agreed. They probably saved money as he still needed to get the work done and just managed his time better’.

If you are interested in exploring flexible working arrangements, really consider your situation and what flexibility means to you.

Whilst organisations are gradually understanding the benefits of flexible working practices, there is still a way to go. It will require effort from everyone, both organisations and individuals, to ‘chip away’ at old practices and policy and move towards flexible working practices that have the potential to benefit everyone.

Effective ways to negotiate flexibility

  • Come to the table with a solution, not a problem. Think about how you could make it work for your organisation.
  • Communicate. For instance, if you want to leave early a few days a week or come in late, make it clear so that you meet stakeholders' expectations.
  • If you want to work part-time, you may consider negotiating a job-share arrangement to ensure your role is seamless for your stakeholders. This also means that you can relax on your days off and be focused on your work days. 
  • Find a sponsor in the business who knows the contribution you make to the business and ask them to support you in your flexibility request.

For more tips on how to take control of your career.

Q3 Market Wrap-Up

Quarter 3 continues to show strong growth across a number of key sectors, including Manufacturing/Retail/Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and a large Year on Year increase for CFO/Finance Director roles. 

With consumer confidence relatively steady, we have seen a strong demand for mid to senior roles in the Manufacturing/Retail/FMCG space this quarter. There has also been a steep rise in the number of placements occurring within the Pharma and Health sectors.

Professional Services, including Education Authorities, have been active across the quarter. Strict compliance requirements have driven demand in the Government and Not For Profit sectors. 

At the top end of the job market, we've placed a large number of CFO/Finance Director roles, particularly contract positions, suggesting that organisations are seeking greater flexibility in terms of recruiting at senior levels.

Strong activity in the data analytics space has once again seen an increase in the placement of analysts, whilst financial accounting roles continue to be our biggest share of jobs, particularly over the traditional year end accounts preparation period.

Are you looking for a new role? Search jobs or speak to a consultant.


  1. Things you need to know when negotiating your salary Carolyn Loton 12-Dec-2018
  2. Finance & Accounting Salary Review - 2018/19 Carolyn Loton 04-Dec-2018


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