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FWR is 2!!

Today, Fiona Watson Recruitment turns 2! It has been an exciting journey with amazing support from companies and jobseekers alike – we couldn’t have done it without you – Thank you! We look forward to assisting you long in to the future.


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We have moved!

We have finally moved into our new offices!

Our new address is Suite 7/64 Frank Street, Labrador, 4215   (in the LJHooker building)

We look forward to seeing you there


FWR continues to grow

Happy New Year to you all and wishing you a prosperous 2016!

This year looks like it is going to be the return of boom times to the Gold Coast with many companies looking at growth and expansion. This is great news for the business world and also very positive for those of you who are looking to make your next career move.

Fiona Watson Recruitment is now well into its second year of business and due to continued success with existing and new clients we are excited to be expanding the team. We welcome David Watson who will be specialising in construction, property and IT recruitment. With a career in sales management spanning almost 20 years, David has worked in the travel, telecoms, advertising and recruitment industries. He has recruited, trained and managed teams of up to 30 in dynamic, growing companies. He is now looking forward to providing superior specialist recruitment services to companies on the Gold Coast.

David Watson

David Watson – Specialising in construction, property and IT roles


Wishing you all the best for the

festive season! 

Thank you for your support this year and we look forward to working with you again in 2016.

Happy Holidays!! 

Fiona Watson and the team at FWR


The office will be closed from 23rd December to 4th January. We will be checking emails during this time and for urgent matters, please call 0415 656064

Cut off times for Christmas period timesheets

Due to the upcoming public holidays during the festive season, please be informed that 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, 20 Dec 2015 Friday, 25 Dec 2015


5 pm, Monday, 21 Dec 2015 Wednesday, 23Dec 2015
Sunday, 27 Dec 2015 Monday, 28 Dec 2015

Friday, 1 Jan 2016

5 pm, Thursday, 24 Dec 2015 Wednesday, 30Dec 2015


Please ensure that approved timesheets are sent before the cut off period to give us time to settle queries if it arise.


Timesheets submitted after the cut off period will be processed in the succeeding week’s pay run. Otherwise, please let us know if no work is done during these periods by sending an email or entering ZERO days/hours in the portal.


Kindly note that due to the festive season there will be a delay with the bank transactions. Payment may be credited the following day.


Happy Holidays!

Supporting local charities

Here at Fiona Watson Recruitment we are proud to support two local charities –

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With community support they raise money to deliver public health education, research and improve health care for the Gold Coast region. Their major focus aims to reduce and prevent cardiovascular disease – helping to make the community healthier.

They improve health outcomes for patients by:

  • Delivering the Cancer Patient Transport Service
  • Purchasing medical equipment that adds value to existing resources
  • Delivering health promotion and health education workshops, conferences and activities
  • Funding research departments, projects, scholarships and fellowships


Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation that offers quality, secondary education scholarships at  leading Australian boarding schools for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities.

They believe education is the key to generational change and a brighter future, and are deeply committed to the ongoing success of their national program of scholarships and post-school opportunities.

If you would like to know more about either charity or get involved, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Where is the Gold Coast at?

Welcome to the new financial year! The news at a national level may be forecasting slowing markets, housing bubbles busting and rising unemployment but as always the Gold Coast with its own microeconomy is bucking the trend.

I always like to keep involved in what is going on in the Gold Coast and have recently attended events with Australian Institute of Company Directors, Young Professionals, Griffith University Business School and the TSS Business breakfast where Tony Abbott made a presentation.

Having spoken to many of the Gold Coast business community, it is great to see such a positive outlook for our region. Both small and large companies are forecasting growth and expansion , tourism numbers are up, things are ramping up for the Commonwealth Games and new developments are starting come out of the ground once more.

2014 was a much stronger year than 2013 and I predict 2015 and 2016 will continue on the same upward trend. It’s a great time to be on the Gold Coast!

Nicci Pawloski, Lyndall Murphy and myself at the Young Professionals Gold Coast in June.

FWR is one year old!

Fiona Watson Recruitment turns 1!!

Well it has been a very busy year with temporary and permanent placements throughout the Gold Coast region.

We would just like to take this opportunity to thank all of you that have supported us and given us such a massive vote of confidence.

Without good candidates and companies that see the true value of using a specialist local agency we could never have had such a successful first year!

We look forward to working with you all in the future.

How to handle a counteroffer

This is the best article we have ever seen on the counteroffer written by James Caan. If you are looking for a new opportunity, a counteroffer is something few people foresee when resigning. It can be very flattering and make you rethink you decision. But, why is the counteroffer only being made now?


Employment forecast for 2015

Happy New Year to you all and I hope 2015 is going to be fulfilling on both a career and personal level!

Here at Fiona Watson we continue to grow and the forecast for employment on the Gold Coast looks very positive. In our discussions with some of the key players in the Gold Coast market in a number of industry sectors, the general outlook is to add to existing headcount. The temporary market is the busiest it has been in over a year and as this is only the second week in January, this bodes very well for the remainder of this financial year. It will be interesting to see the outcome of the upcoming state election on the confidence of some companies.

As a socially responsible company, we have been looking at ways in which we can give back to the community and have decided to align ourselves with two causes. We have partnered with Yalari, which is a fantastic organisation which educates and empowers Indigenous children and also through a number of activities (triathlons, half marathons, bike rides) we will raise money for a variety of cancer charities. If you would like to know more about either, or make a donation, please contact us.


Whether you are looking for the perfect candidate to join your team or are ready for a new role this year we look forward to working with you in 2015

Fiona Watson