After recovering from a life-threatening illness, former IT recruiter Peggy Lee has relaunched herself into the world of recruitment industry software.
Originally in technical support, Lee is marketing a software product developed by herself and her husband Stuart Rackham that was used by her former firm Lacey Lee Recruitment.
She is doing the rounds of agencies to sell them her PRS software, which she says makes recruitment businesses easier to manage and more efficient.
Lee worked in the recruitment industry for 13 years, specialising in technical recruitment. She was a founding director of Lacey Lee Simpson, which later became Lacey Lee. Before that, in 1994, she started her own freelance recruitment firm called Methods: Recruitment Systems.
A year ago, illness forced her resignation as a director from Lacey Lee, but now fully recovered, she finally left Lacey Lee just before Christmas to market the software to fulfil a long-time ambition.
Lee says the recruitment industry did not have a decent software tool, so her husband’s company, Methods: Software, developed PRS in 1994, with her as co-designer. Lacey Lee used PRS but the couple kept the rights to it.
Last month, a new version of the software was launched, which can now work on Palm Pilots, handle foreign currencies, audits and management. A free demo can be downloaded from www.methods.co.nz.
“The problem with [other] recruitment tools is that they are simply glorified diary systems, not recruitment tools," she says.
PRS, she says, includes a recruitment system, a web publication tool, document management system, management reporting system, invoicing system and it manages contracts.
Lee says the recruitment agencies she has so far visited are “extremely enthusiastic” about PRS and have “seen nothing like it”. None have signed up as yet, but six are “seriously interested”, she claims.
The licensing costs are $2500 a seat, which Lee says is cheap compared with rival solutions, and can be justified since it will help firms make money as well as save money.
Existing user John Lacey of Lacey Lee credits the software as being a fundamental part of his company's success.
"It's excellent. It's fundamentally rich. It's a superb end-to-end recruitment management solution. It's developed in modern technology and has full interfaces with various job industry websites," he says.
The head of Auckland-based Pinnacle, Ross Turner, says his firm is looking favourably at buying the system. While the package may be too complex for his small IT agency, he thought it “excellent” saying it was “built by a recruiter for the recruitment industry”.