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Aussie IT recruitment firm lands in Auckland

16 Mar 16

Australian IT recruitment firm Halcyon Knights has launched in New Zealand with the opening of an office in Auckland.

According to Lincoln Benbow, Halcyon Knights co-founding director, the ‘booming’ tech economy in both New Zealand and Australia means Halcyon Knights is uniquely positioned to leverage trans-Tasman talent pools to deliver on local companies’ IT hiring requirements, on an unmatched level.

“The strength of our IT network in the Asia Pacific region enables us to readily access high calibre, international tech talent and is further supported by our strong social media footprint, which drives our reach on a global scale”, Benbow says.

Heading up the New Zealand region is newly-appointed Brooke Campbell-Town, as director. Campbell-Town recently returned to Auckland following over seven years in Singapore, during which time she was responsible for the recruitment of mid to senior level IT professionals across Asia Pacific.

According to Marcus Lynch, Halcyon Knights co-founding director, Campbell-Town is an example of having been part of the New Zealand talent drain that is experienced when local talent seeks more alluring work opportunities abroad, and which is particularly prolific in the technology sector.

“Brooke was hired for her knowledge of best practice in hiring executives, senior sales, presales and delivery/consulting personnel for leading technology vendors and service providers,” Lynch says.

“Her style of quality over quantity, and pursuit of excellence in candidate care practices is also consistent with our values as an organisation,” he says.

“Brooke is also the perfect advocate for promoting candidate attraction to New Zealand, where both a fulfilling career and work-life balance is attainable. She is well placed to deliver a message to candidates who might have otherwise not considered a trip across the great divide, promoting lifestyle benefits, New Zealand’s excellent social services, and the camaraderie of a growing expat community,” says Lynch.

Campbell-Town explains, “I’ve worked within large multi-national companies as well as start-ups in the B2B/B2C environment, and I’m aware of the challenges companies face in hiring and retaining top talent as is often the case in New Zealand.

“So being able to consult businesses through periods of growth or change is something I’m really passionate about,” she says.

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