This is Canberra, our special place. We’re not outsiders to this federal
government world, it’s our home, we belong here and we know the landscape. If you’re a top-notch ICT job seeker or contractor, we’ll find what you're looking for.


Our Recruitment Hive’s fee structure is designed to maximise your professional opportunities and avoid stress. Work with us and you’ll discover superb roles, great processes (yes, you get paid faster!) and last but not least, great team morale with lots of dancing, shouting and clapping when we place top people in top roles.



Since our founding in 2012, Recruitment Hive has freely disclosed our moderate fee structure. This has disrupted ICT contractor fee margins charged by all recruitment companies providing services under federal government ICT Contractor Panel arrangements.

We’re all about fairness and transparency

With us, you’ll never be in the unfortunate position of discovering that your recruitment agency is charging the client a $20, $30 or even $60 per hour fee margin on top of what you are being paid. We’re open, we’re reasonable and we have integrity…because in a place like Canberra, integrity is everything.

Only the hottest Canberra ICT jobs. We’re in this for the enjoyment of getting you the best gig, doing exactly what you want to do.

Fair rates based on your skills. If we feel you’re worth more than you’re asking, we’ll tell you. If you have less experience than a role needs, we’ll tell you that, too.

Clearances, client security and candidate privacy are crucial in the Canberra ICT sector. We respect all three.


Paying our contractors fast and accurately is one of the key services we provide.

We feel that payment on the 5th of each month for previous calendar month hours, works for everyone. It’s a good balance between getting contractors paid quickly and giving everyone enough time to have timesheets authorised and submitted prior to close of business on the 4th of each month.

Unlike many of our competitors, we don’t charge any sneaky PAYG pay processing fees on top of our fee margin.

Fortnightly is fine by us

We’re able to arrange fortnight pay cycles through a number of third-party payroll management companies.

Timesheet / invoice deadline

Close of Business, 4th day of month (or the previous Friday if the 4th falls on a weekend).

Payment date

5th day of the month (money appears in bank accounts on 6th of month).


Monthly pays align with calendar months. Authorised timesheets submitted prior to COB on the 4th day of each month will have payments made to contractors on the 5th day of each month with monies appearing in contractor’s bank accounts on the 6th day of each month. Pay slips will be sent out on the 5th day of the month.

Pty Ltd Companies and Payroll Management service providers:

Monthly pays align with calendar months. Company invoices accompanied by authorized timesheets received by COB on the 4th day of the month will be paid on the 5th of the month with monies appearing in the company’s bank account on the 6th of each month.

Late authorised timesheets or company invoices: if either authorised timesheets or company invoices are received after COB on the 4th of each month, monthly payments will be delayed by up to five business days.


If you aren’t from Canberra the Federal Government ICT contracting market can be a bit mystifying, from security clearances to RFQ tender processes and the fact that ICT contractors are sometimes ‘more permanent than the permanents.’

As someone new to town, or considering a move to Canberra, ultimately you’ll have to walk through the swamp-like labryinth of federal government business and work things out for yourself, but here are some pointers:

1. Security Clearances

It’s a good idea to read our complete Security Clearance blog to get an overview, but in a nutshell, an increasing percentage of federal government ICT contract roles require applicants to have federal government security clearances before recruitment agents can submit them for federal government ICT contracting opportunities.

The federal government often requires an ICT contractor to start in the position within one month, and as necessary security clearances usually take six months to obtain, only applications from ICT professionals with current federal government security clearances usually proceed.

A federal government security clearance issued by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency is fundamental to developing a successful ICT contracting career in Canberra. It’s quite rare that non-cleared ICT professional will be able to obtain a security clearance through a contracting position. Usually, new ICT professionals to Canberra obtain their first AGSVA clearances through permanent positions before moving on to contracting.

2. Understanding the federal government ICT contractor tender and procuring process

Click here to read our blog describing the federal government ICT contractor procurement process.

Sometimes in Federal government Land when it comes to spending taxpayers’ money, the rules take precedence over all else. If you’ve come from the private industries, you might be used to a more fluid business decision making process where management and business leaders can make decisions on the fly, or with very little consultation. This is not the case in the Canberra government ICT job market. Cost-benefit analysis, business case development, tendering, procurement and vendor management involvement is big here in Canberra!

Any time the federal government organisations spend money, especially when engaging ICT contractors, they must follow very stringent procurement rules and guidelines to ensure that taxpayer funds are spent with appropriate care to achieve the best outcomes for Australia. Unfortunately, these procurement rules and guidelines can slow down ICT contracting recruitment processes.

When applying for ICT contract roles within federal government organisations, it’ll be a slower process than you might be used to. It might also be difficult to obtain detailed feedback on your application if you are unsuccessful.

3. Why are all the ICT contracts on SEEK the same job, but with a hundred different recruitment agencies?

If you’re new to Canberra, or just looking, you may have noted that each ICT contract role advertised on SEEK appears to be advertised by seemingly hundreds of different recruitment agencies.

That’s the nature of ICT contracting recruitment in Canberra. Due to the federal government’s need to follow their procurement rules and guidelines they use ICT Contractor Recruitment Panels which quite often have several hundred panel members. It is not unusual for a federal government organization to release an RFQ for a single ICT contractor to twenty different recruitment companies on their Panel. All of these recruitment companies then advertise the same role on seek and call the same 100 suitable IT contractors in Canberra.

If you understand this, you make it work in your favour to ensure you obtain the maximum rate possible and that the Client doesn’t get hit by excessive (opportunistic) recruitment company fees. Having the contract available to you means you can shop around the recruitment agencies all advertising the same role. If you ask them what their contractor fee margins are some will tell you, most won’t. Go with the ones that will…like Recruitment Hive.


All contractors engaged to provide services to our federal government clients have read, and adhere to the following policies.

Our federal government Client policies:
At all times when delivering services within the Commonwealth’s premises or facilities, ICT Contractors, engaged by The Recruitment Hive, must ensure that they comply with all federal government policies, guidelines and procedures relating to workplace harassment, occupational health (including the smoke free work place policy), APS and the Commonwealth’s Codes of Conduct, safety and security, including the Commonwealth’s Internet access and usage guidelines, in effect at those premises or in regard to those facilities, as notified by the Commonwealth.
Specific information regarding these federal government policies, guidelines and procedures can be seen at these URLS:

Code of Conduct – Australian Federal Government
Australian Public Servant – Values
Integrity in the Australian Public Service
Diversity & Inclusion in the Australian Public Service
Public Service Act 1999

At all times when delivering services within the Commonwealth’s premises or facilities, ICT Contractors engaged by Recruitment Hive ensure that they comply with Legislative Requirements, particularly the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth), the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth), the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) and the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth) (the Gender Equality Act):
Crimes Act 1914
Racial Discrimination Act 1975
Sex Discrimination Act 1984
Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012


Some helpful files and links to help you improve your resume, navigate Canberra’s ICT sector and find the dream gig you’re after…