PASSION BREEDS PROGRESS
We love our work as much as we love engaging with Canberra’s rich culture. Passionate people are motivated people, and we’re motivated to place the best-fitting ICT candidates in the very best roles. We call it our 'friendly Canberrability'.
SUPPORTING CANBERRA'S CULTURE
Since 2012 we’ve shaken up tech contracting within federal government and done our best to bring a more cooperative, empathetic, and respectful tone to the relationships between ICT Professionals, federal government Clients and ICT recruitment companies. We don’t want Canberra to be a place of exploitation and contractual leverage. We’d rather see mutually beneficial and respectful professional relationships with a focus on delivering technology to assist the Australian people.
We want to make heroes of the Tech Professionals we represent, hold them up on high, celebrate them as the champions of a more efficient and capable future.
BEN ASHMANManaging Director
Ben is on a mission to to conduct “honest business” in the Canberra ICT contracting recruitment industry. With more than twenty years of federal government ICT contracting recruitment experience in Canberra, Ben knows his stuff.
BEN COUSINSSenior ICT Recruitment Consultant
If he was in F1, he’d be the Iceman hitting every apex. Since 2016, Ben’s provided vital leadership, motivation and assistance to others in the team. He also walks daily to the local Queanbeyan St Vincent de Paul’s second-hand store scouting for new eccentric desk trophies…
MATTHEW FALLONSenior ICT Recruitment Consultant
The Bear. The man who roars on the inside. Matt has a great, consistent, driving-force work ethic. Less of a show pony than certain other recruitment legends, but no less effective in delivering top ICT talent to his favored federal government clients.
ANDY EYERSSenior ICT Recruitment Consultant
Andy has brought a new level of passion and motivation to our team. Andy’s dedication and energy mean he’s already developing a great reputation for himself as a caring and capable federal government ICT recruitment professional.
RON EYLESSenior ICT Recruitment Consultant
Ronald is Recruitment Hive’s spiritual anchor. His Yin is his deep desire to help people, which is demonstrated through his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Health Services and a Cert IV in Family and Community Services. His Yang is Mixed Martial Arts fighting, ridiculously fast motorbikes and parachuting out of perfectly safe aeroplanes on a regular basis.
BEKE MBONDIAHChief Financial Officer
With a Bachelor of Commerce, significant professional experience and currently studying to become a Certified Practicing Accountant, Beke brings a wealth of skills to her role and ensures pays are on time and correct, always!
ALISON COUSINSSocial Media Manager
Aly describes her role as “Queen of Everything”, spending much of her time investigating, experimenting and developing content to inform the local Canberra ICT industry.
A HISTORY OF ENTHUSIASTIC GROWTH
Recruitment Hive was founded by Ben Ashman in a small office which shook like an earthquake as the trucks rumbled by. We had zero air-conditioning in the office, zero contractors and zero federal government ICT Contractor Panel memberships – we were just another player among the hundreds of federal government ICT contractor service providers.
In 2013 we were ecstatic to be accepted onto the Dep. Of Human Services ICT Contractor Panel – great sighs of appreciation! We had 3 ICT contractors engaged. Still no air-conditioning.
Growth kept happening. Slowly.
By 2015 we had 20 engaged federal government contractors and 300% annual contractor growth! We could pay our bills, feed our children and dream of the future with confidence.
In 2016 our new disclosed and moderate ICT contractor fee margin strategy was a resounding success. Clients and candidates responded positively and our business growth accelerated with 50 engaged ICT Contractors across 18 federal government clients in Canberra, NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia. We made it onto the Digital Transformation Agencies: Digital Marketplace federal government procurement panel – and we donated $15 000 to HomeInQueanbeyan
Years 2017, 2018, 2019 and now 2020 saw us engage 55, 85, 108 and 130 ICT contractors respectively. We are right on track to achieve the growth Ben mapped onto a now-revered piece of graph paper in that tiny office so long ago!
Enough about how we’ve grown…what do we do?
Premium ICT recruitment at a fair price. Recruitment Hive is a specialist ICT recruitment company that provides ICT contracting services to federal government, primarily within the ACT. We’re all about quality, and our clients agree: in 2019, we have 108 ICT Contractors engaged within 21 federal government organisations in 6 states and territories of Australia.
Of all currently engaged Recruitment Hive federal government ICT Contractors, 93% hold AGSVA security clearances (41% BASELINE, 29% NV1, 10% NV2, 1% PV).
Services we provide range from ICT Solutions Architecture, SAP Technical and Functional Specialists, Business Analysts, Project Managers, Testers, .NET & Java Developers plus a range of rare technology skill sets and functions.
Our strong growth is due to our intimate knowledge of the Canberra ICT market, our great people who simply refuse to offer mediocre service, and our transparent and fair fee structure. Many of our competitors train their people to negotiate up the client rate and negotiate down the contractor rate, maximising fee margin at the expense of contractor and client fairness. We don’t believe this is right. We’d rather have our fees out in the open. So here they are:
There are many things we say lots about in the Canberra ICT sector…and some things we can’t. We’re experts in highly experienced candidates for mission-critical government roles, including their official clearances. “If you are Client needing a highly cleared ICT Professional for a critical project or a Contractor seeking a role to maintain a current security clearance level you want to know that your recruiter understands the federal government security landscape.
It’s all about the questions we ask…and don’t ask. We question ICT Professionals endlessly to determine their capability to deliver high quality services. We question our Client’s about their role requirements, we question ourselves constantly to ensure we aren’t missing anything. But, importantly, we know what not to ask. Enough said.
SAVING AUSTRALIA, ONE CONTRACTOR AT A TIME
We know that disclosing our moderate fee structure has forced our competitors to be more reasonable when defining their fee levels. The result is that both our clients and contractors are confident that opportunistic fees are not applied to Recruitment Hive contractor engagements.
If we have helped to reduce the average contractor fee margin throughout the federal government IT contracting industry in Canberra by an average of $1.00 per hour, this represents a saving to the Australian taxpayer of over $12 million per year. Let’s break this down more specifically. In a recent Federal Government example, we saved $5 per hour on a single contractor’s rate. This represented an annual saving to a crucial security agency of almost $10,000. This quickly multiplies acros every one of our ICT contractors…
Saving Australian taxpayers over $1,000,000 per year
We currently engage over 100 ICT federal government contractors, so our transparent and fair fee structure is directly saving the Commonwealth over $1,000,000 per year.
In addition to the current savings Recruitment Hive achieves, we are confident that the federal government will experience further significant contractor cost savings in future engagements across all federal government contractors engaged with our competitors. This has the potential to save Australian Federal Government departments more millions each year.
GIVING BACK: ORGANISATIONS WE PROUDLY SUPPORT
We have donated over $76,300 to worthy charities since 2012 including:
Movember charity fighting male cancer in Australia
Home In Queanbeyan a loving home for people living with mental illness
Australian Indigenous Education Foundation
Barayamal an indigenous-led organisation empowering entrepreneurs