E-recruitment hoki-dokey at Sealord

Sealord has netted a new online recruitment system, which it plans to have working by April.

Sealord has netted a new online recruitment system, which it plans to have working by April.

The Nelson-based fishing giant has implemented a system called Recruit Manager, produced by Adcorp of Wellington.

Narrowly missing the boat was runner-up Staff CV, from Christchurch-based Ceritas Digital.

The e-recruitment system will be used to automate the employment of 400 seasonal workers for the Nelson fish-processing staff and fishing boats. A facility at head office will let applicants enter their details online. Recruit Manager will replace a “very time consuming and very expensive” manual system, says HR project manager Debbie Jones, which sometimes saw CVs passing through five hands.

Sealord began trawling for a new e-recruitment system last year, issuing the RFI (request for information) in October, which landed some 80 responses. These were then sorted into a final nine for an RFP (request for proposals) and processed to a final two.

“There was little between the two, but the Ceritas Digital system was a bit more advanced,” says Jones. “The Adcorp system seemed to fit into the slot for the people we were looking to recruit.” She says there wasn’t a price difference — the Adcorp system cost “less than $50,000” — and the winning program simply seemed closer to what Sealord identified.

Training will be complete by the April launch date, the company says. The system, bought in time for the hoki season, will eventually be extended to cover staff for Sealord’s Dunedin operations and its shellfish operation in Nelson.

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