Specialists in the permanent placement of mining, engineering and construction professionals.

Our experience with international mining OEMs, publicly-listed engineering companies, market leaders in the infrastructure and engineering services and some of the largest individual open cut coal production sites in the Hunter Valley, to smaller subcontractors means we know who is working on what project - and where. By tracking projects from start to finish we are across the degree of each role, at every project. As an employer, you can benefit from our industry expertise, reputation and candidate connections.

Our areas of expertise and the roles we recruit for include:

  • Open Cut Examines
  • Maintenance Superintendents
  • Geologists
  • Maintenance Planners
  • Sales Managers
  • Safety Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Drill and Blast Superintendent
  • Civil, Mechanical and Structural Design Engineer
  • Draftspersons
  • Estimators
  • Senior Project Manager
  • General Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Site Manager
  • Project Director


Specialists in the permanent placement of healthcare professionals.

We aspire to be a respected and valued partner to medical professionals and healthcare organisations by providing strategic and innovative recruitment solutions, through our global reach to exceptional healthcare candidates. Eight Recruitment recognises the vital importance of matching the best candidate to each job and ensuring that the candidate is of the highest quality in order to meet the expectations of the role, taking a comprehensive brief and match the right people to your roles.

Our areas of expertise and the roles we recruit for include:


  • Operations Managers
  • Regional and Area Mangers
  • Executive and Non Executive Directors
  • Head of Care Services
  • Clinical Directors

Nursing and Residential Care Homes

  • Nursing Home Managers
  • Dementia Care Managers
  • Learning Disabilities Managers
  • Mental Health Managers
  • Deputy Mangers
  • Service Manager
  • Support Living Managers
  • Business Development Managers

Domiciliary Care

  • Branch Managers
  • Regional Managers
  • Area Managers


Specialists in the permanent placement of Accounting professionals.

The Finance Division of Eight Recruitment specialises in the recruitment, retention and development of high calibre accounting, compliance and finance professionals. Our team have in-depth local knowledge and are dedicated exclusively to selected markets, industry sectors and candidate skill sets, developing an impressive depth of knowledge in their specialist markets.

The roles we recruit for include but not limited to, include:

  • Business Services / Corporate Advisory
  • Insolvency positions at Partner, Manager, Supervisor, Intermediate and Graduate levels
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Finance Director
  • Financial Controller
  • Heads of Compliance
  • Corporate Advisory and Finance
  • Business Services
  • Commercial Manager
  • Accounts Payable and Receivable
  • Forensic Accounting & Investigation
  • Payroll
  • Business Development Managers
  • Practice Development Manager
  • Credit Control
  • Financial Planning
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About us

Eight Recruitment is reinventing the competitive recruitment industry with an efficient business model delivering quality, hand-picked candidates across a range of sectors at a fee of less than half the industry standard.

Founded by Director Nadene Barretto, Eight Recruitment is an Australia-wide company specialising in the strategic placement of professional staff across the mining, engineering, construction, health and finance sectors for a fee of eight per cent.

The business was named Eight Recruitment for its guaranteed rate of eight per cent, which is not a discount rate, but the fee at which the company's model enables it to deliver strategic recruitment solutions.

Nadene has 15 years' experience in recruitment and runs the company with her husband, Director and well-known rugby union stalwart Steve Barretto.

The company's philosophy turns the industry standard on its head by putting candidates and clients at the centre of the business and materially transforming the recruitment process. Eight Recruitment takes the opposite approach to mainstream recruitment firms by prioritising candidates to ensure each placement shares the values, meets the qualification criteria and is the right fit for the culture of the client company.

In short, Eight Recruitment's placements are based on industry expertise and networks, as opposed to knee-jerk reactions to filling vacancies. It's a shake-up to the industry that pioneers a new approach and offers all the benefits of experienced, knowledgeable consultants, but without the costs of unnecessary infrastructure and overheads.

The company deals with managerial, permanent placements, and invests time upfront in getting to know candidates - their goals, their strengths and their weaknesses - as well clients, to ensure the strategic delivery of exceptional, hand-selected candidates at a guaranteed eight per cent.

An important part of Eight Recruitment's philosophy is giving back to the community in which it operates and it is extremely proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Hawthorne Club, Singleton Rugby Union Club, Merewether Carlton Rugby Union Club, Sydney Rugby, Lambton Jaffas Football Club and the Hunter Master Builders Association 2014 Ball.


Our Team

Nadene Barretto

Nadene Barretto, Founder, Director

After 14 years in the industry, Nadene knew there was a more personal and cost-effective way of providing quality recruitment services than the traditional model under which she had always operated as an employee. And so Eight Recruitment - with its guaranteed rate of eight per cent - was born.

Honing the skills she had gained through her career as a consultant, Nadene tweaked the model she had been toying with for many years and in 2011, opened the business with her husband Steve.

Coupled with her recruitment experience, Nadene's long association with the mining industry - she comes from four generations of miners - gave her the perfect basis on which to found a recruitment company based on her philosophy of a candidate-based business model.

After seeing her eight percent guaranteed rate yielding such fantastic results for clients and candidates in the mining industry, Nadene expanded into the health and finance industries with the same determination and savvy that saw her break the recruitment mould in 2011.

Rewriting the script from scratch meant the Eight Recruitment model was never adapted to the existing, traditional form most of the recruitment industry adheres to. Instead Nadene has pioneered an approach that enables the company to offer all the benefits of experienced, knowledgeable consultants, but without the costs of unnecessary infrastructure and overheads.

Part of Eight Recruitment's success lies in Nadene's generosity of spirit - after all, you can't deal with people's futures without being a people person - and an important part of her philosophy lies in giving back to the community through sponsorship and participation.

Steve barretto

Steve Barretto, Director

An ex-professional rugby union player, Steve brings to Eight Recruitment all the guts and determination you'd expect from a plucky South African lad who packed his bags as a 19-year-old, moved to Ireland and dropped into a club to ask for a game. The same grit that saw him move on to play World Cup rugby now rounds out the company by bringing the goal-driven, single-mindedness of a professional athlete to the table.

Having worked on the ground in the mining and civil construction industries for five years, his insight into the day-to-day operations and functional requirements of the resource sector is invaluable to Eight Recruitment's success in placing candidates in appropriate roles. It enables the team to not only ensure each placement shares the values and meets the qualification criteria for a role, but also that they are the right practical fit for the culture of the client company.

Steve also has an integral role in Eight Recruitment's philanthropic endeavours, and is an ever-popular guest at rugby functions and fundraisers.


$1000 refer a friend

At Eight Recruitment, we recognise that good candidates need to be tapped on the shoulder and presented with an opportunity, they very rarely answer an ad and are very sensitive, about their confidentiality. It is for these reasons that we have created our "$1000 refer a friend" program. If a candidate is referred to Eight Recruitment, who then goes on to be successfully placed in a permanent role with one of our clients, we reward our "referees" with a $1,000 reward.



Here at Eight Recruitment we are very proud of where we come from, and being a locally owned and operated agency in the beautiful Hunter Valley, we like to give back to our community, which is why Eight Recruitment are proud corporate sponsors of the following organisations:

The Special Olympics held in Newcastle December 2013

The Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games gives a once in a lifetime opportunity to athletes with an intellectual disability to compete in quality competition and be a part of a travelling team. Hosting 2500 athletes and carers from 32 countries is an honour, and something you can feel very proud to be a part of. We have a range of sponsorship packages to fit your business. Visit www.specialolympicsasiapacgames2013.com

Hawthorne Club

The Hawthorne Club has provided a supporter base for Rugby Union in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley since 1997 and has raised over $400,000 from its functions, which has been channeled into promoting the rugby code at representative, senior and junior levels, refereeing and the Hunter Academy of Sport's rugby development programmes. Visit www.hawthorneclub.com.au for more information on the Hawthorne Club.

Singleton Rugby Union Club

Since it's inception in 2003, the Lunch with a Legend series has continued to grow from strength to strength. With three events per year, the Lunch with a Legend series has become the premier social and corporate event on the Singleton calendar. Guest speakers have included former Prime Ministers, Army Generals, Wallaby captains, All Black captains, Wallaby coaches, Test cricketers, Media Personalities, and Olympic Gold Medalists. With such a wide range of exceptional speakers, the Lunch with a Legend series is sure to appeal to all and sundry. Visit www.singletonrugbyclub.com.au for more information.

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Proudly supporting

  • Sydney Uni Rugby Club
  • New Lambton Football Club
  • Lambton Jaffas
  • Newcastle Jets
  • Singleton Rugby Club
  • Bean Counters Ball
  • Hunter MBA Ball
  • Merewether Rugby Club