Leadership team discuss appointment to Hunter Water Recruitment Panel
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VP appointed to Hunter Water Recruitment Services Panel

Verve Partners are excited to announce its appointment to the Hunter Water Recruitment Services Panel.

Verve Partners are excited to announce its appointment to the Hunter Water Recruitment Panel. Verve Partners join a panel of four esteemed recruitment agencies and are the only new addition to the group in 2021.

Joining the Hunter Water Recruitment Services Panel

The tender win comes at an important time for VP, coinciding with its five-year anniversary.

Winning the tender on the same week as our anniversary offered great symbolism for the success of our business,” Business Director Clare Ferguson said.

After coming out of the most difficult year we have ever seen in the recruitment industry, it’s been uplifting to kick-start 2021 by joining the Hunter Water Recruitment Services Panel. It very much feels as though we’ve entered a new league: we’ve gone from a small boutique agency and now we are pitched against the national players,” she continued.

Simon Rutten and Clare Ferguson discuss Hunter Water Recruitment Panel

Diversity and Inclusion

The appointment highlighted a new focus in the business: diversity and inclusion.

“It’s raised a lot of questions for us on how we can really make a difference in this space, instead of just talking about it. We now have an internal diversity and inclusion council that meets monthly, we are a tier one member of Diversity Council Australia and we’ve solidified a pledge with attainable goals.”

Verve Partners had been invited to tender before 2020, then just a team of six. They did not feel they had the capability to service the agreement. Now a team of 18-strong, VP has the knowledge, networks and expertise.

“In the last five years, VP has grown to become the largest white-collar recruitment firm in the region. The tender crosses many disciplines but focuses on engineering and technology. We know we have the knowledge and expertise to meet the needs of this tier one client while offering a catered and boutique experience.

“We have intricate knowledge of Hunter Water in our team, especially with staff Simon Rutten, Jenny Newell and Georgia Harvey.”

Team who work on the Hunter Water Recruitment Services Panel

Recruitment Director Simon Rutten says, “Personally, I look forward to working with the Hunter Water team again. We are excited about the opportunities to connect candidates with one of Newcastle’s employers of choice”.

Clare continues, “Our business approach has been top-heavy, investing in senior people, which can be risky for cash flow. But that leadership was integral to being successful in this bid.”

“We are excited to become a partner to Hunter Water and steer our brand into a new sector which is the water sector.”


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