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How to disagree and make better group decisions

Lloyd Mander, creator of the Diversity of Thought Scorecard, provides some valuable insights on how cognitive diversity in groups can drive better decision making. 

Decipher Group is excited to be partnering with Lloyd on the delivery of the Diversity of Thought Scorecard - evaluating group capability for wide-ranging thought diversity and advising on how to realize the benefits of diverse thinking

LinkedIn | 16 October 2019

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2019 Women of Influence Awards finalists announced

Presented by Stuff and Westpac, the Women of Influence New Zealand programme recognises and celebrates women from all walks of life who make a difference in the lives of everyday New Zealanders. 82 finalists have been announced for the 2019 Women of Influence Awards.

Decipher Group co-founder and director Leanne Crozier is a finalist in the Business Enterprise category. Leanne is being recognised for her resilient, nurturing leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, developing and leading the direction of Decipher Group.

stuff.co.nz | September 2019

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Is digital disruption disrupting our directors?

Digital disruption has completely altered the working world in ways we could not have imagined. This disruption isn't about to slow down, and organisations need to be prepared at all levels - especially at the top. 

IoD BoardRoom Magazine | August/September 2019

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ANZ dropping individual bonuses in clampdown on behaviour

Decipher Group Director Leanne Crozier speaks with Newstalk ZB's Heather du Plessis-Allan about performance bonuses and the impact on employee engagement. 

Newstalk ZB | August 2019

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UC Women in Business

Decipher Group is proud to be part of the UC Women in Business Club - an initiative of the University of Canterbury that is all about creating a movement with the purpose of breaking down internal and external barriers in the workplace for women. 

UC Women in Business | Launched in 2019

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Leanne Crozier Her Story

Decipher Group Director Leanne Crozier shares 'Her Story' as part of the commemoration of Suffrage 125 and the gaining of the universal votes for women in New Zealand.

Suffrage 125 Christchurch | September 2018

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Counting the true cost of a bad hire

To calculate the total cost of a bad candidate you need to consider missed business opportunities, the cost of delays of developing or implementing company strategies, the need to repair relationships with clients, and the effect on work culture such as team productivity.

NZ Herald | September 2018

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Property Council Event

Decipher Group Director Leanne Crozier was part of a line-up of three speakers at the Property Council Young Professionals event in August - part of the South Island Education Trust event series which is aimed at young property professionals. Leanne spoke about the importance of taking control of your personal brand as a strategy for career success.

Speaking Event | August 2018

Business awards celebrate success

The Westpac Champion Business Awards will continue to recognise and celebrate businesses that embody innovation, excellence and success while rewarding the businesses that shape the future of Canterbury and New Zealand.

Decipher Group co-founder and director Leanne Crozier is a finalist in the MYOB Champion Emerging Leader category. Leanne is a resilient, energetic and nurturing leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and determination to see others succeed.

The Press - Westpac Champion Business Awards Feature | September 2018

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The pathway to governance success

At some point in your career, you may be asked if you'd like to become a trustee or director on a board. When transitioning into a governance career it helps to have a professional road map. Sarcha Every discusses the different avenues.

Employment Today | July 2018

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A Dynamic Director

Leanne Crozier is a high achiever and natural leader, managing the Decipher Group team and driving the successful recruitment of governance and executive level roles. But, behind the corporate speak, she's all about creating relationships and empowering woman through celebrating success.

Metropol Magazine | June 2018

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Skills the key to getting on the governance ladder

We often meet with people wanting to know how to get that first step of the governance ladder. 

The answer involves helping them to build a clear profile of their current experience, then identify what additional business skills and soft skills, they'll require to achieve their goals. Often, however, the opportunities to gain new skills are not always readily available in their current role.

Stuff Business Day | June 2018

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The dos and dont's of creating a governance career

Top executives in New Zealand, regardless of whether they are looking to step into their first governance role or grow their board experience, need a governance profile that is tailored to the right audience. Sarcha Every provides her advice on how to avoid common pitfalls when creating a governance profile.  

The Press Career Market l March 2018

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Silver Fern Farms hires Zespri’s Limmer as CEO

Decipher Group was pleased to support the appointment process of Simon Limmer as the new Chief Executive of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand’s biggest meat company.

Limmer will replace Dean Hamilton, who announced his resignation in July after three years in the role. Limmer has worked for Zespri for nine years including COO and as a General Manager for China.

Prior to that, he worked for France’s Veolia.


National Business Review | November 2017

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Social media mistakes you might regret

Your online reputation is now just as important as your CV and cover letter as professional recruiters and employers turn to social media to filter top candidates, writes Sarcha Every, Director of Christchurch human resource and recruitment company Decipher Group.

Developing a strong personal brand in the digital space is vital for professionals applying for senior management, executive and governance level roles. With the plethora of social networking platforms to keep on top of, candidates can easily make mistakes. 

The Weekend Press – Career Market | October 2017

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Innovation of NZ’s utility services sector drives employment

The shape of New Zealand’s utility services sector has changed significantly over the past 12 months as strong domestic performance and new employment opportunities lure talented professionals to key leadership roles, according to Sarcha Every, Director of Decipher Group.

Decipher’s recruitment service is usually dominated by requirements from the South Island’s strong manufacturing industry, but this year employment needs in utility services topped manufacturing’s senior staffing demand by 19 percent.

Management Magazine | October 2017

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Utility services respond to changing business environment

Many companies in the utility services sector are undergoing a major workplace transformation, which has resulted in the creation of new, highly desirable roles that never existed in the past, said Sarcha Every, Director of Decipher Group.

Organisations are responding to the changing business environment by restructuring their teams and transforming cultures to be more responsive and customer centric

Canterbury Today | October 2017

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Hiring receives energy injection

Broadband, power and water companies are creating new jobs in response to the changing business environment of Canterbury’s utility sector.

Sarcha Every, the director of executive recruitment firm Decipher Group, said companies had become more efficient by investing in new technology and digital platforms to link all areas of their business. This change had driven the creation of new jobs.  

Stuff.co.nz | The Weekend Press – Career Market | August 2017

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Get headhunted online and avoid tedious job applications

Staying up to date on social media is the best way to ensure your dream job finds you, writes Sarcha Every, Director of Christchurch human resource and recruitment company Decipher Group.

Candidates who have no social media profile or a limited profile with few connections can raise a big red flag with recruiters.

Stuff.co.nz | The Weekend Press – Career Market | May 2017

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A medical pioneer

Southern Eye Specialists recently celebrated an incredible milestone – the opening of its brand new, state-of-the-art eye hospital on Kilmore Street.

Decipher Group has worked with Southern Eye since 2013, providing Human Resources (HR) management advice and support, as well as recruiting two senior managers.

Metropol Magazine | November 2016

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The talent challenge

One of the greatest challenges facing Christchurch businesses is retaining the managers and executives that have been brought in or grown as a result of the rebuild, writes Decipher Group director Leanne Crozier.

Getting buy-in, encouraging growth and providing a career path, managing workloads and paying your staff what they’re worth are just some of the ways businesses can enhance their chances of holding onto top talent.

Canterbury Today | September 2016

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NZ directors’ fees unfair compared with international standards: IOD

Non-executive directors in New Zealand are being paid far less than their international counterparts and it could be affecting the local government talent pool, according to an Institute of Directors’ (IOD) report.

However directors who leave the profession due to pay are not a common occurrence for governance and executive recruitment specialist Decipher Group.

Stuff.co.nz | August 2016

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Christchurch City Holdings announces new chairman

Decipher Group was pleased to support the appointment process of Jeremy Smith as the new chairman of Christchurch City Holdings Limited (CCHL). He will become chair designate of CCHL in August before taking over as chairman in 2017.

Smith is chairman of Orion New Zealand and Holmes Group and was previously the managing director of Holcim New Zealand. He is also a director of Barhill Chertsey Irrigation Ltd, Farra​ Engineering Ltd and Water Utilities Ashburton Ltd.

Stuff.co.nz | June 2016

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Paul Munro appointed to head Christchurch City Holdings

Human resource and recruitment firm Decipher Group recently appointed Deloitte partner Paul Munro as the new chief executive officer of Christchurch City Holdings Limited (CCHL).

Munro is a corporate finance partner at Deloitte and heads the firm’s South Island practice. He is also a director of Central Plains Water and a member of the University of Canterbury Students Association advisory board.

Stuff.co.nz | June 2016

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Retaining talent poses new challenge in post-quake Canterbury

One of the greatest challenges facing Christchurch businesses is retaining the managers and executives that have been brought in or grown as a result of the rebuild, writes Decipher Group director Leanne Crozier.

“There’s no question many of Canterbury’s core industries have benefited from the rebuild economy, expanding their ranks to maximise new business opportunities. But the war to recruit high-calibre staff has triggered a shift from talent attraction to retention – and this will be a major challenge for Christchurch as the rebuild begins to wind down.”

NZ Business | June 2016

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New Development Christchurch boss envisages change

Human resource and recruitment firm Decipher Group recently appointed Rob Hall as the new chief executive officer of Development Christchurch.

Hall has a diverse professional background. Most recently he served in management roles with both Heritage New Zealand and the Christchurch City Council. Hall is the vice chairman of the SPCA Canterbury and a board member at St Andrews College.

Stuff.co.nz | May 2016

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Deciphering employment trends in post-quake Canterbury

Representatives of public, private and community sector organisations shared their visions, concerns and solutions for Christchurch at the fifth annual Seismics and the City 2016: Shaping Canterbury’s Future Now event.

Leanne Crozier, director of human resourcing and recruitment firm Decipher Group, was a keynote speaker. She highlighted current employment opportunities that have emerged as a result of the Christchurch rebuild, and uncovered trends that will endure over the long term.

University of Canterbury | March 2016

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Seismics and the City 2016 forum to focus on regeneration

Leanne Crozier, director of human resourcing and recruitment firm Decipher Group, is speaking at the Seismics and the City 2016 event in Christchurch on Friday, March 18.

In reflection of the event’s theme: Shaping Canterbury’s Future Now, Leanne will discuss employment trends in post-quake Canterbury, plus provide advice on how businesses can tap into the world’s top talent in the pursuit of innovation.

Scoop.co.nz | March 2016

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Manufacturing overtakes rural job placements in Canterbury

More than 30 percent of all senior management and executive placements in Canterbury in 2015 were for positions in manufacturing and logistics.

Human resource and recruitment firm Decipher Group says the rural sector usually dominates job placements. Executive positions in the property, investment and technology sectors also grew.

National Business Review | February 2016

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Buoyant manufacturing sector attracts top executive talent

Leading manufacturers are successfully sourcing top talent as strong domestic performance and lucrative offshore markets lure skilled executives to the sector, writes Leanne Crozier.

In its annual year-end business review, Christchurch-based human resource and recruitment firm Decipher Group, found over 30 percent of all senior management and executive level placements were for positions within the manufacturing and logistics arena.

The Weekend Press | Career Market | February 2016

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Decipher’s new CBD office attracts Canterbury business leaders

Christchurch recruitment and human resources firm, Decipher Group, celebrated its new inner city office on Level 4 of Deloitte House at 151 Cambridge Terrace in late 2015.

Some of Canterbury’s most well-known business people were in attendance along with the company’s professional colleagues in “Chambers at 151”. The stunning curved glass building is an iconic landmark of the Christchurch CBD redevelopment.

Canterbury Today | January 2016

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Decipher celebrates office launch at Deloitte House

Human resource and recruitment company, Decipher Group, welcomed some of Canterbury’s most respected and well-known business people to celebrate its new office opening on Level 4 of the Deloitte House.

The event was held in partnership with the company’s professional colleagues in “Chambers at 151”. The evening was a chance for professionals from a diverse range of sectors to get to know each other, put faces to names and share a few laughs.

Latitude Magazine | December 2015

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LinkedIn: Social solution to career progression

Recruitment experts are warning executives to “avoid LinkedIn at your peril” after recent studies reveal the social platform is the first port of call for industry insiders looking to source and evaluate candidates.

“LinkedIn is not a job for your PA and if executives want to take career progression seriously, then they must accept social media as a vital key in the recruitment chain,” says Sarcha Every, director of Christchurch human resource and recruitment company Decipher Group.

Waikato Times | Career Market | August 2015

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Christchurch still fertile ground for job searches

Christchurch is a good city for young people to search out a job, says recently employed business development manager Toby Nicholls.

Decipher Group aided Nicholls in his pursuit to find the right position, aligning his skills and expertise with Blenheim Road-based computer hosting business VBridge.  

Stuff.co.nz | Business Day | August 2015

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Christchurch: a market of opportunity for skilled executives

Decipher Group directors Sarcha Every and Leanne Crozier talk with Canterbury Live host Andrea Allen about senior management and executive level recruitment in Canterbury’s post quake economy.

They provide valuable industry insights into current business and employment trends in the region, as well as highlighting the importance of reputation and how transferrable skills can be the key to successfully changing your career.

Canterbury Live | July 2015

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Recruitment firms work on talent pool

Many companies are reaping the benefits of Canterbury’s booming rebuild economy, says human resource and recruitment expert Leanne Crozier. Business growth and expansion mean many of those companies are creating and staffing new roles to keep up with demand.

“The region-wide economic boom has led to an increase in companies seeking the expertise of professional recruitment agencies to find the best talent for those roles,” she says. “Business leaders are increasingly turning to recruitment firms to find a cost-effective and productive solution to attract the right staff.”

The Press | Career Market | May 2015 Click here to read the full article

Canterbury sees international migration gains

Canterbury's earthquake rebuild and economic growth is a draw card for migrants with a net gain of 6,300 for the region in the year to March. Nationally the migration boom has hit yet another record high, with a gain of 56,300 in the year to March, well up from 31,900 in the March 2014 year. 

Decipher Group director Leanne Crozier says work in her specialised executive recruitment agency is getting busier as managers continue to flow into Christchurch. Many migrants are coming from United Kingdom and Europe, with Aussies and expat Kiwis returning from Australia also in the mix. 

The Press | April 2015 Click here to read the full article

NZ hits all time low in gender diversity survey

Women have long been underrepresented in New Zealand’s top tier of business, and according to the latest international research, it’s only getting worse. 

Grant Thornton’s 2015 International Business Report, Women in Business: the path to leadership, showed the portion of top jobs held by women has barely changed over the past decade – increasing from 19 percent in 2004 to 22 percent today. New Zealand placed 28th out of the 35 countries surveyed for gender representation in business leadership – an all-time low since the international report commenced in 2004 and New Zealand ranked third. 

Decipher Group director Sarcha Every says there are many factors driving women out of New Zealand boardrooms.

Scoop.co.nz | March 2015 Click here to read the full article

Five minutes with Sarcha and Leanne

A chance meeting at a social Christmas party eight years ago was a serendipitous moment for two Christchurch women. They had an instant connection and soon began mapping out a business and marketing strategy for Decipher Group, a human resource and recruitment company they established in 2008.

Decipher Group directors Sarcha Every and Leanne Crozier have firmly entrenched themselves in the Christchurch recruitment market and offer some great industry insights into business sector and employment trends for 2015.

Metropol Magazine | March 2015 Click here to read the full article

IT and rural markets switching gear

The Christchurch employment market is changing in unexpected ways, says Decipher Group director Sarcha Every.

“Until recently many [candidates] did not see the rural sector as an attractive option for highly skilled managers and marketers. It was regarded as lacking innovation, excitement and dynamism. That has now completely reversed as the sector offers more than the usual run of rural jobs. It has realised it needs digital marketers and people savvy in the social media area.”

Every says when the company approaches candidates for rural positions, they are often people who have no background in the sector but are being lured into the industry by the innovation becoming apparent, particularly in the dairy sector.

The National Business Review | February 2015 Click here to read the full article

Quota system not the way forward

Board diversity is an important issue in New Zealand but the current discussion - which focuses primarily on women – is simply too narrow, says Decipher Group director Sarcha Every. 

“In the past we have placed women on boards but we don’t take credit for that. We work with clients who understand that diversity is an important issue and actively use our professional networks to put forward genuine candidates that have the right set of transferrable skills, relevant industry experience and organisational ‘fit’ to take their business to the next level.” 

She says the biggest challenge for boards in 2015 will be to embrace diversity in its entirety and come to terms with independent directors challenging the decision making process.

The Weekend Press | Career Market | February 2015 Click here to read the full article

Board diversity—are we missing the mark?

The lack of diversity on New Zealand’s top-tier boards or, more particularly, the number of women on boards has been a topic of hot debate in recent months.
 
But there are calls for the country to “get over” its fixation of measuring diversity by demographic factors of gender, age and ethnicity, to instead focus on a wider representation of talent that is evaluated by professional skills and experience.
 
Decipher Group director Sarcha Every, says while many governance boards are looking to embrace gender diversity, the more strategic focus has been to recruit genuine independent directors who have the right set of skills and professional experience to offer diversity of thought.
Employment Today | February 2015 Click here to read the full article

Getting the right directors

INCREASING regulatory demands are prompting corporate businesses to change tack and seek the expertise of independent directors, says Decipher Group director Sarcha Every.

She says recruiting directors is no longer about simply “drawing on a board’s pool of personal contacts” but finding the right candidate who has the skills to improve business performance and profitability.

“The personal network of a board isn’t enough anymore, and while some boards still suffer from the little black book syndrome when recruiting directors – more and more are looking to access a wider network of high calibre candidates,” Every says.

The Weekend Press | Career Market | December 2014 Click here to read the full article

Rural sector a highly desirable workplace for skilled executives

Senior management and executive level positions in the rural sector are no longer deemed as “the poor cousins of those that live in the big centres”, with professional candidates now able to earn the same level of income as those in other commercial businesses.

“This is because the rural sector now understands the benefits of bringing independent professionals into their business rather than just growing their own,” says Decipher Group director Sarcha Every.

“These candidates have developed highly transferable skills while working for other commercial enterprises and rural businesses are starting to see these new skills bring some real benefit.” 

Radio Live ‘On the Field’ | December 2014 Click here to read the full article

Canterbury’s rural sector employment boom trumps rebuild

Highly skilled professionals are focussing on where the Canterbury employment market will endure in the long term – and it’s not the rebuild, says Decipher Group director Leanne Crozier.

In a recent annual business review, Christchurch-based HR and recruitment company, Decipher Group, found that 40 percent of all senior management and executive level placements were for positions in the rural sector.

“There’s buoyancy across the whole agribusiness sector and it’s due to the fact that the rural economy is so strong and people are feeling confident about business growth and expansion,” Crozier said.

NZ Business | November 2014 Click here to read the full article

​International recruits joining the rebuild

Senior well-paid executives from around the globe are putting up their hands for senior management roles in Christchurch, with some even taking significant pay cuts to be a part of the rebuild.

Decipher Group director Sarcha Every says the recruitment business in Christchurch is as brisk as ever with executive level vacancies attracting talented candidates from around the globe. She says three quarters of all international applications for senior level and executive management roles are from Australians. “It’s so easy for them to move here – there’s no immigration issues to overcome.”

Management Magazine | November 2014 Click here to read the full article

Canty creates half NZ's jobs

Canterbury is leading national employment growth, with 34,400 jobs created in the past 12 months. Sectors with the biggest increases in Canterbury in the year to September were construction, with 13,800 more people employed, and the retail trade and accommodation industry, which grew by 7800 workers.

Leanne Crozier, director of human resources company Decipher Group, said there was a steady demand for management-level recruits. About half of the jobs Decipher was recruiting for were new positions.

"If anything, we've seen a pretty steady [demand] and probably even an increase during the year in senior level roles and I can't see it slowing down," she said.

The Press – Alan Wood | 06/11/2014 Click here to read the full article

Rebuild puts an end to "brain drain"

Smart Cantabrians staying home for work and expats returning from overseas are snapping up rebuild jobs and plugging the "brain drain". 

Sarcha Every, a director of Christchurch-based recruitment company Decipher Group, said recruiters were receiving many more applications from Kiwis overseas wanting to come back home.

"​A lot of people have always thought of Christchurch as a great place to live but in the past they haven't been able to get the good jobs to stay or come back so they haven't."

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Short on skills, long on opportunity

For some business owners, the post-quake boom has been a double-edged sword.

On the one hand, they're faced with an unprecedented opportunity - an influx of work and the scope to develop their business in an environment awash with possibilities.  But, on the other hand, there's a shortage of skills - a lack of suitably experienced people capable of helping them make the most of this scenario.

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The Aussie angle on the rebuild

The Aussie's are arriving in large numbers wanting to "avago" in the Christchurch rebuild. Migrants are slowly finding their feet and making their presence felt in the Kiwi workplace. 

Speaking of helping Australian's settle into their new roles in Christchurch Sarah Every, director of resources and recruitment at Decipher, feels that it helps if they can actually get the pleasure out of their work in a environment that's conducive to having families going on holidays, skiing and all those things.

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Christchurch to benefit from LinkedIn’s global workforce

Social Media experts at the recent 2014 NZ Social Media Forum in Auckland described LinkedIn as the "sleeping giant of social media" despite it being the third largest social media platform in New Zealand.  Decipher Group director Sarcha Every agrees that its also a significantly untapped recruitment resource in New Zealand.  " Christchurch is still in a very immature stage when it comes to utilising social media for recruitment because many people have a limited understanding of its benefits and don't realise the power it has for conducting business."

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Foreigners fill out quake city workforce

Directors Leanne Crozier and Sarcha Feary, from executive recruitment firm Decipher Groups said there has been a great surge in the number of expats wanting to return in order to work in Christchurch.

Radio New Zealand | 27/12/2012 Click here to read the full article

More Overseas Than Local Applicants Applying for Certain Jobs

Decipher partners, Sarcha Feary and Leanne Crozier say they are currently receiving considerably more overseas applicants than those from Christchurch or New Zealand for management level jobs specifically in IT software development, higher level IT / web design and in particular construction fields like Quantity Surveyors.

infonews.co.nz - Ali Jones | 11/12/2012 Click here to read the full article

Businesses may have to return to CBD

Leanne Crozier, director of recruitment businesses Decipher Group, said satisfaction in the suburbs was "a mixed bag". Many businesses enjoyed locations such as Addington if amenities were handy, while some further out in places such as Hornby were finding their location "a pain".

The Press - Liz McDonald | 03/10/2012 Click here to read the full article

Surge in Kiwi Expats Returning Home For Top Jobs By Christchurch Rebuild

Directors Leanne Crozier and Sarcha Feary, from executive recruitment firm Decipher Groups said there has been a great surge in the number of expats wanting to return in order to work in Christchurch.

track me back | 03/5/2012 Click here to read the full article

Rebuild boom goes beyond construction

Leanne Crozier, who runs Decipher Group, an executive recruitment company in Christchurch, says business has never been so brisk. Across the city, companies are crying out for financial controllers, senior managers and other executive level staff.

"It's been very busy - at least double what we were seeing this time last year," Crozier says.

The Press - Lois Cairns | 15/4/2012 Click here to read the full article

Executive Level Recruitment Twice as Busy

Christchurch executive recruiters Decipher Group are experiencing unprecedented growth in demand for their services.

Scoop.co.nz | 10/04/2012 Click here to read the full article

Job Candidates Not Shaky About Relocating to Christchurch

That’s according to Decipher Group, one of the city’s leading executive recruitment agencies after Seek NZ today said advertised job vacancies in Christchurch have increased by nine percent.

Decipher director, Sarcha Feary, says they are receiving between 25 and 30% more out of town applications than before the February earthquake, including rises in interest from international candidates.

infonews.co.nz - Ali Jones | 9/05/2011 Click here to read the full article