Lee gets software tailwind

Former IT recruiter Peggy Lee says she and her husband are leaving Waiheke Island for the mainland to help them cope with demand for their custom-developed recruitment software.

Former IT recruiter Peggy Lee says she and her husband are leaving Waiheke Island for the mainland to help them cope with demand for their custom-developed recruitment software.

In a year the 13-year recruiting veteran claims to have sold PRS to 30 recruiters across New Zealand, with several Australian firms starting trials. The pair are moving to the city for larger premises.

Lee says “it’s been great” to be in the software business, doubtless also relieved to be out of an industry having its worst time in years.

PRS was developed by Lee and husband Stuart Rackham’s company Methods: Software in 1994 and used by Lacey Lee Recruitment, which later became Lacey Lee Simpson and then Lacey Lee. Illness forced her resignation from Lacey Lee two years ago, but she remained an employee until finally severing all links to the company just before last Christmas to market PRS. The software has since undergone 10 upgrades and had numerous features added.

Other recruitment industry software systems, she says, are mainly glorified diary systems, whereas PRS offers an invoice and billing system, a web-based publication tool, a customer management reporting tool, document management system and recruitment search and matching system. The “beefed up” system can handle a client base of 60,000 personnel.

The software is available either under licence or rental via ASP. Lee says the ASP version is popular as firms are finding this system most cost-effective, and she is surprised her software is selling as well as it is. “Clients say the [recruitment] market is suffering but I have sold systems to three recruitment firms, including one IT, that have just started. I find that amazing in a market that’s meant to be difficult,” she says.

Recruitment firm Enterprise has been trying out the software for three months for handling back-office management for temporary and permanent staff.

Auckland chief Barry O’Brien says PRS manages its huge volume of temps “pretty well” and the 15 users at Enterprise are “happy” with the system.

O’Brien says Enterprise is looking at a sophisticated version of PRS that would also operate on a virtual private network/intranet and produce complex consulting and management reporting.

A demo of PRS can be downloaded here.

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