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Russell Phillips


Russell Phillips started his first recruitment company in 1991. Initially operating a specialist recruitment company based in Auckland, New Zealand, over the years this company developed into what has now become Jobcorp NZ Ltd and provides recruitment and immigration services across all industry sectors.

Russell has been involved across motor industry recruitment, the engineering recruitment sector in 2002, a sales and marketing recruitment operation in 2012, and a property management recruitment operation from 2016. All these sectors, and now multiple other industry sectors broadly comprising the Immigration NZ green list of occupations, are serviced by Jobcorp.

Company operations have always included supplementing New Zealand talent with offshore skills, a service initially delivered by independent immigration advisers. In 2019 Russell formed Jobcorp NZ Ltd which became the parent company for all recruitment operations. The Jobcorp business model sought to provide both recruitment and immigration advice across all sectors of in demand recruitment.

Jobcorp now employs its own in-house immigration licensed advisers and support staff in this division providing a seamless 360-degree service across recruitment and immigration services.

Russell’s involvement in the recruitment sector includes: 

  • Top 1% of best-connected recruiters globally in the LinkedIn network

  • 2014 award for “Most Endorsed Recruiter” at the Blue Carpet Awards

  • Consultant to industry on remuneration and employment-related issues

  • Government lobbying through peak industry associations

  • Russell headed the job rescue and recovery program during the global pandemic

  • Retained structured management recruitment and talent acquisition