Adelaide offers job opportunities in the private and public sectors at all levels of expertise and across a range of industries. Skilled employment opportunities are available as well as in many industry sectors such as resources, health services, information technology, management and trades.
Relationships and personal networks matter when looking for a job in Adelaide. Most South Australian employers select new employees through personal connections rather than advertising, compared to employers in the eastern states.
This is where recruitment agencies come into play. The stronger the relationship you have with your recruiter, the more likely you are to be their top of mind when a role becomes available.
Adelaide is one of the most densely populated cities for recruitment agencies, so do your research as not all agencies can help you. To assist you, we’ve done the heavy lifting and shortlisted the best boutique recruitment agencies in Adelaide.
Best Boutique Recruitment Agencies Adelaide
If you’re in a hurry and don’t want to read our in-depth reviews below, here’s the complete list of the Best Boutique Recruitment Agencies in Adelaide:
Stillwell Select Recruitment
Southern Cross Workforce Recruitment
And now for the comprehensive, unbiased and objective reviews…
1. Harrison McMillan
Harrison McMillan is an award-winning Adelaide-based team of experienced recruiters and HR professionals. It offers recruitment services for full time, part time, outsourced, contract and executive roles.
In 2018, it was recognised as the best ‘Small Recruitment Agency of the Year’ at the 2018 Seek Annual Recruitment (SARA) Awards. It also receive the ‘Most Innovative Agency of the Year’ at the 2016 SARA Awards.
Pros: What makes Harrison McMillan unique is its flexible, a la carte menu of recruitment and HR services, allowing employers to pick and choose the services they need. For job seekers, they offer regular contracting opportunities for office-baed roles such as accounts payable/receivable, accounting, reception and administration.
Cons: Their sector specialisations are not clearly stated on their website.
Phone: (08) 7071 7273
Address: Suite 1, Level 1, 50 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
2. Entrée Recruitment
Established in 2001, Entrée Recruitment is a South Australian owned and operated specialist recruitment company. It has a large pool of readily available temporary staff to cover annual leave, sick leave, peak periods, resignations, parental leave or to assist with special projects with duration ranging between one day to 12 months.
It won several RI awards in 2019, such as ‘The Best Small Recruitment Company To Work For (1-10 Employees)’ and ‘The Back Office Support Team of the Year’ Award.
Specialisations: Administration, Accounting, Finance, Banking, Human Resources, Childcare, Sales and Marketing, Customer Service (both permanent and temporary)
Pros: They have a specialised division for the early childhood sector (Entrée Early Years Recruitment), which currently has a high demand due to shortage of qualified early childhood professionals in Adelaide. They also have a Training & Development Division that offers customised training and development opportunities, such as workshops, one-on-one mentoring and coaching sessions, for individuals and organisations.
Cons: For job seekers, there’s not a lot of available positions on their ‘Jobs’ page but it’s better to contact the agency to find out about other opportunities.
Phone: (08) 8100 8877
Address: Level 5/81 Flinders Street Adelaide SA 5000
3. Stillwell Select Recruitment
Stillwell Select Recruitment is a leading Adelaide headquarters, South Australian owned and operated recruitment firm. Aside from recruiting permanent staff, it also offers temporary and contract staffing solutions for clients based on business seasonality, project duration, temporary leaves, sickness and parental leave.
It has a specialist division (Stillwell Select ICT Recruitment) focusing on temporary and permanent IT and ICT recruitment.
Specialisations: Administration, Accounting, Banking & Financial Services, Consumer, Sport & Entertainment, Digital Marketing, Healthcare, Government, IT & ICT, Human Resources, Education, Sales and Marketing, Professional, Office Support
Pros: It offers a wide range of other services for job seekers such as career guidance, remuneration consultation and skills testing.
Cons: Their ‘Job Search’ page has very limited available jobs, most of which are ‘Expression of Interest.’
Phone: (08) 8118 8118
Address: Level 14, Stillwell House 99 Gawler Place Adelaide
4. Southern Cross Workforce Recruitment
Founded in 2008, Southern Cross Workforce Recruitment offers on-hire and contract recruitment, permanent solutions and comprehensive support services, such as HR management and payroll services.
Specialisations: Engineering, Trades, Construction, Manufacturing, Food Processing, Transport/Logistics, Facility Management, Civil, Environment
Pros: For employers, it offers ‘Recruit by Design’ solution that allows clients to select aspects of the recruitment process they would like to outsource. For job seekers, it has an online portal that allows candidates to create their own account, easily search and apply for jobs, update their key details and view their payslips in real time.
Cons: Majority of the available jobs on their website are into trades and services. Possibly not a good recruitment agency to explore if you’re looking for an office-based position.
Phone: (08) 8357 1882
Address: 296 South Road Hilton SA 5033
5. In2view Recruitment
Founded in 2008, In2view Recruitment has highly experienced and dedicated professionals passionate to deliver the right recruitment solutions for its clients.
It’s a proud sponsor of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA), a peak professional membership association for legal practice managers and leaders.
Specialisations: Legal staff placement (both professional and support)
Pros: Value-added services for job seekers such as advice on resume and cover letter development, interview preparation and general recommendation on next career move.
Cons: It’s a specialist recruitment agency, which means that it’s only catering to candidates who fall within its scope of specialisation.
Phone: (08) 8338 0189
Address: Shop 83, Devereux Road, Linden Park SA 5065
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