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Fiona Watson Recruitment is 6!!

To celebrate Fiona Watson Recruitment turning 6 years old, we decided to stage a ‘tongue in cheek’ picture of our life during lockdown. At no point in the last 9 weeks has this picture truly reflected the chaos in our house! We are looking forward to getting back to the office, school and sports. We have some exciting plans up our sleeves for when we return to the ‘new’ normal and look forward to working with you all again! #recruitment #gotohaveasenseofhumour

6th birthday

FWR is now providing CV preparation services!

Competition for many roles will be fierce in the post COVID-19 market. How are you going to separate yourself from all those other applicants?

A well written and presented CV will certainly help you get to the top of the ‘interview’ pile.

We have broadened our product offering and are now providing professional CV preparation. With over 25 years of recruitment experience, we have seen the best and the worst of CV’s and would now like to assist you make yours the best it can be. Whether you are just looking for someone to review your current CV and provide some advice or you need a full CV prepared from scratch, we can help.

Did you know that with artificial intelligence and automation becoming more prevelant in the recruitment process, your CV may not even make it past the first round of culling? We know all there is to know to ensure your CV can be read and understood by AI.

With every CV that we review or prepare, we will give you a complimentary Checklist for Job Applications which will give you tips and tricks on how to maximise your chances of getting to the interview shortlist.

Prices start from $50 + GST for a review and advice on an existing CV. Call Fiona 0415 656064 or Dave 0405 156654


To all of our valued candidates and clients – Happy Easter. Keep safe, keep your distance but also keep your sense of humour during these challenging times. Dave and I are happy to chat if you have any questions about where to next in your career, salary advice or you just want someone who will listen. Take care X

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Advice for these uncertain times

In these uncertain times with the situation changing on an almost daily basis, the future is very hard to predict. Fiona Watson Recruitment is open for business as usual but as I am sure you will understand many businesses have put recruitment on hold until times are more certain. Many of our clients who already have engaged temps in business critical roles have been able to allow these people to work from home, to which we are very thankful that some of our temps can continue to work. Whilst there may be some temp positions become available they will continue to be in our specialisms.

If you are one of the unfortunate many who have recently been stood down or made redundant, our hearts go out to you. Whilst we will try and find you work once the market starts to pick up again, I know that it is the immediate future that will be most of concern whilst there is very little going on in the ‘normal’ recruitment market. My best advice would be to look to those sectors where they are crying out for people. Whilst the roles may not be something you would consider long term, there are certain sectors that are going to need large amounts of casual/fixed term workers. Local, state and federal government particularly in health, banks, retail etc. BHP announced they would need 1500 people in QLD and Scott Morrison said they need 5000 people to help with scaling up Centrelink to be able to meet demand.

In my 20 years of recruiting there have been two other significant downturns (although neither had the medical aspect of an unknown virus), whilst they are tough, we do always come out the other side. Stay safe and healthy everyone and we look forward to working with you again.


Happy Christmas!

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Fiona Watson Recruitment would like to wish all of our candidates and clients a very happy Christmas!

Our offices will be closed from 23rd December to 6th January.

We will respond to urgent emails and get back to the rest in the new year.

Happy Holidays!!

Important information for temps working over the festive season

Please be advised that due to the upcoming public holidays during the festive season, there are changes to payment and timesheet submission dates.

Please see below payroll processing schedule:

Week ending Public holidays Timesheet submission cut-off date Payroll processing date
Sunday, 22 Dec 2019 None 5 pm, Friday, 20 Dec 2019 Considering the festive season we will schedule the payment for Approved timesheets on Tuesday 24.12.2019. Please expect the payment in your account by 24.12.2019
Sunday, 29 Dec 2019 Wednesday, 25 Dec 2019 5 pm, Friday, 27 Dec 2019 Approved timesheets will be scheduled for payment for Thursday 02/01/2020. Please expect the  payment in your account by 03/01/2020
Thursday, 26 Dec 2019


Important: Only approved timesheets will be processed for pay.

The timesheet submitted after the cut-offs will be processed in the next payment cycle. Please let us know if no work is done during these periods by sending an email or entering ZERO days/hours in the portal so we don’t chase you unnecessarily for timesheets.

If there are any urgent issues, please email Sandhya directly and she will get back to you as soon as she can – sandhya.patil@sdpsolutions.com.au

Gold Coast Show Day

Fiona Watson Recruitment will be closed for Gold Coast Show Day 30th August

Hope you all have a great day off on the Coast!!

Fiona Watson Recruitment is 5 years old!!

FWR 5!

Fiona Watson Recruitment celebrates five years today!! Thank you so much to all our clients, candidates and supporters without who we wouldn’t be here today. Now firmly established as the No.1 boutique specialist recruitment agency on the Gold Coast, we look forward to working with you long into the future!!

Gig economy overestimated….?

Recent studies have shown that the numbers originally predicted for the ‘gig economy’ and how it was going to become the ‘norm’ for many peoples working arrangements were significantly overestimated. There are a number of factors that contribute to this. Firstly, original data was taken from the last 10 years during which time we experienced the GFC; many people lost their full time jobs and did ‘gig’ work as a means to an end. As the economy has recovered, many of those people have gone back into a traditional full time working arrangement. Secondly, many people do ‘gigs’ as a secondary source of income, for example many Uber drivers or marketing/designers will have a full time job and use a ‘gig platform’ to supplement their income on the evenings/weekends. Finally, and probably most importantly there has always been a gig economy – temp work and labour hire have been an integral part of how many businesses operate for decades and how many people are engaged (either through necessity of having to do some form of skill related work or because it fits their lifestyle) Whilst laws have changed to protect temporary workers (Fair Work etc) and several Australian State Governments (QLD being the first on July 1st 2018) have introduced labour hire licensing, there is no escaping the fact that a casual working arrangement benefits both employers and employees in most cases.


FWR is a licensed labour hire provider and we are proud of the fact that we pay above average hourly rates to our temps whilst keeping the charge out rates to companies at an affordable level. Whilst many of the larger agencies are purely in it for the profit margin, we genuinely want to solve the interim needs of employers and employees alike. Call us for a discussion about your temporary needs or if you are the the accounting or technical construction industries and immediately available….you could be part of the gig economy…