Labour hire specialists, Horsham and Ballarat

August 13, 2015

Recruitment story is no April Fool’s tale

When Bryce and Debbie Simpson opened their labour-hire business on April 1, 1996, they copped plenty of April Fool’s Day ribbing.

labour hire Horsham, Stawell,

Stephanie Borain, Bryce and Debbie Simpson, Ivan Jones and Rebekah Nicholson in the Horsham office of Simpsons. Photo: Paul Carracher, Wimmera Mail-Times

But nearly 20 years later, with labour-hire offices in Ballarat and Horsham and many of their original clients still on their books, Simpsons…the labour hire specialists is no April Fool’s tale.

The idea for the business formed in Bryce’s mind while working as a local government senior manager where they struggled to fill positions at the council. When Victorian councils amalgamated in 1995 it was Bryce who found himself out of work, so he turned his attention to starting his own business.

Bryce, originally from Ballarat, and Debbie, who grew up in Horsham, opened Simpson Personnel in Stawell. They initially ran the business out of an office attached to their home. They had young children and juggled a growing business with family life, enjoying the flexibility their own business offered.
Bryce said the founding principles upon which Simpsons is based had not changed in nearly 20 years. They match employees with jobs.

“It’s not unusual to get a call on a Friday from a business needing someone to turn up to work on the Monday, and we pride ourselves on making that happen.”

He said they found great satisfaction in matching up the right worker with the right business, and many of their matches resulted in long-term employment. The keys to their success are making the job matching process smooth and efficient for both their employers and workers. This means ensuring the employer can rely on prompt and efficient labour hire. And they also look after their employees to ensure they are paid the correct wage.

The key difference between Simpsons and other job agencies is that anyone can register for work.

“You don’t need to be registered at Centrelink to register with Simpsons,” Bryce said.

“Anyone who is looking for work can come to us.”