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Top head hunter sets up shop

TOP WA head hunter Richard Hazlewood has quit national recruitment giant Morgan & Banks to establish his own Perth consultancy.

Mr Hazelwood, joined by another ex-Morgan & Banks consultant Roz Charter, has established exec.search Pty Ltd which will target the very top end of Perth’s executive recruitment market.

Operating out his apartment until new premises are found, Mr Hazlewood said he would target all sectors but was currently busy dealing with areas like the public sector which he had been best known for during 11 years at Morgan & Banks. He said academia had also emerged as another key sector as research and development skills became more sought after.

“These are very focused areas,” Mr Hazelwood said.

“They don’t want generic executive skills, they want people with rare abilities, we do a lot of searches overseas for that.”

Mr Hazlewood said the explosion of technology-driven investment had created unprecedented demand for talented scientists.

“From a recruitment point of view it is really hard to get people.”

“Salaries around US$200,000 plus would not be unusual.”

The low Australian dollar had significantly impacted on this sector with highly mobile scientists unprepared to sacrifice wages even though their standard of living would be the same or better in Australia.

Mr Hazlewood said the recruitment business had changed significantly during his 20 years in the industry, particularly the employer-employee relationship.

“The market has shifted dramatically.”

“It is becoming more the case of employee choice, companies have attract talent, so you have to meet the needs of people and make them want to work for you.”

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