HR Indaba Africa 2019: Parallel Software goes wherever the recruiters are


The company sells and supports Placement Partner, a well-known recruitment management system.

With over 3,000 attendees,close to 50 exhibitors and numerous knowledge sharing sessions, the inaugural HR Indaba was arguably a resounding success. In this article, Ronald Jessop, the director of Parallel Software, speaks about why they have chosen to be a part of this year’s conference.

1 Tell us more about your company and the HR challenges it addresses.

Our company, Parallel Software, sells and supports Placement Partner, the well- known recruitment management system. Founded in 2002, we’ve been around the block but we’re still learning every day. We started Parallel to create high-end business software and we ended up specialising in this one piece of software to serve this one market. 

We have one product, Placement Partner, and all our innovation efforts are poured into making that product ever more useful to recruiters, while still keeping it easy to use, with nice easy flow. Our most noteworthy achievement was probably when we achieved our millionth placement through Placement Partner – it’s a good feeling knowing we help recruiters behind the scenes to put people in meaningful work. 

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2 How do you differentiate yourselves from other competitors  in your space?

Having been first to market with cloud-based recruitment software, we have since become the clear market leaders in this space. Focusing all our resources on just one service has also helped. We like to think that the reason we have become SA’s favourite recruitment system is because we care the most about the South African recruiter. 

3 Why have you signed up as a partner for the HR Indaba?

If recruiters are there, then we are there! Attendees can look forward to meeting some familiar and new faces in our team, chatting about their challenges and how Placement Partner can help them make more placements, with less effort. We’ve also got some new features to unveil. 

4 What would you say is the biggest challenge facing the HR profession? 

In tough times like these, I’d say the biggest challenge is efficiency. Doing more in less time. It’s not a case of making hay while the sun shines right now, it’s more about precision (putting the right candidates out first time), reliability (reputation is key) and time efficiency (do more in less time). 

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