Octopus Octopus has the size, resources, experience and proven ability in adding value, improving processes, and generating cost savings for hospitality businesses of all sizes

Octopus Recruitment The Octopus network provides the greatest reach to ensure the best candidates are shortlisted

Octopus Staffing A win, win for employers and casual hospitality staff

Octopus Academy For students who are serious about gaining the skills required to work in this dynamic industry

EMPREVO The game-changer for casual staff job allocation, communication and management

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About us

Simply stated, Octopus is the company of choice for HR solutions to the hospitality and related industries.

We provide an extensive, professional range of tailored solutions for recruitment and labour hire, plus specialised training for students.

Octopus is part of the United Recruitment Group, a company dedicated to providing specialist recruitment, labour and training services. With 21 years of professional experience, Octopus has developed benchmark systems and programs catering for all critical service and training requirements for the hospitality industry. We have an extensive list of contacts and established a global presence – providing the biggest network of quality candidates in hospitality recruitment.

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Our tailored services include:

Octopus Staffing

Casual and on-going labour hire solutions for front and back of house needs as well as office support and interim management solutions.

Octopus Recruitment

Executive recruitment and contracting services across all management disciplines.

Octopus Academy

Certificate training (hospitality and workplace safety) for students.

Octopus Advantage

Specialised training for management and staff working extensively with Asian guests.


Innovative cloud based communication and casual staffing management tool, set to revolutionise our industry.

Octopus is a trusted name in hospitality, setting the standard for others to follow. Providing innovative staffing solutions, recruitment, training and consulting services to the hospitality industry are our core competencies.

  • Our clients regard Octopus as their trusted provider of a wide range of HR solutions from staffing and recruitment, to training and problem solving advice.
  • Our students know Octopus as the place where they receive the best possible training by the people who know the industry better than anyone, and their fast track to a rewarding career in the hospitality industry.
  • Our field staff tell us that Octopus is their employer of choice because we provide the type of work they want, where they want it, when they need it.
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Need a quality solution fast?

Australia’s largest and most respected hospitality companies use the services of Octopus to provide innovative solutions to complex hospitality problems.

We work with business owners and managers to provide tailored staffing and training solutions specific to their individual needs.

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Why you should work with us

Octopus has 8 ways of doing things better.



Because we know hospitality inside out, across every level and in all its forms we deliver relevant, tailored and practical real-world solutions. At Octopus we have the size, the resources, the proven experience and ability to tailor solutions for the widest range of hospitality related requirements.



We set the highest, most rigorous service standards and expectations in all our programs, so that staff and employers in our industry can have real trust in our systems. Our selection standards are high, we decline vastly more job applications than we accept. Our thorough training programs are for real jobs, and are based on classroom, in the field, on the job and online training that best equips our trainees to be the best of the best.



We embrace innovation as a core part of our philosophy across all business units. We research and test new ideas that will provide practical solutions and deliver real savings and efficiencies to our clients.



Twenty one years of deep experience across recruitment, matched to highly specialised support programs means ours is a most trusted name in our fast paced hospitality and related industries – both locally and globally.



We authentically cater for every need – matching hospitality professionals to the right positions – at every level - from casual labour hire to executive appointments with the right qualifications, certification and knowledge needed to succeed.



We are focused on the bigger picture – always monitoring trends in our industry from around the world in order to adapt and initiate best practices in all aspects of our service. We lead the industry in many areas, as our Emprevo software testifies.



Octopus has an enviable global reach built on the basis of 21 years servicing the hospitality industry, enabling us to have access to the best people wherever in the world they may be.



Hospitality is the only industry we service. It is in our blood. It is in our DNA. Our mission is to assist our clients to make our industry the very best it can be by providing competitive advantages across a range of services.

Key people

Greg Lee


Greg founded Octopus some 21 years ago, with the aim of providing the industry he loved with a service provider for recruitment and HR solutions that had no peer. The company has grown to be the dominant force in the areas in which it operates by following Greg’s guiding principle of not compromising on the quality of the service which Octopus provides. “Our national and international reputation is testimony to the standards we have set ourselves over the past 21 years” says Greg.

Michael Sheehan


Michael is a senior executive with extensive sales, management & business experience in a range of industries including recruitment, management consultancy and hospitality. With a drive to succeed that has seen him win service and industry awards, Michael provides our clients with the benefit of 20 years of management experience in sales, recruitment, business operations, and facilities management.

Samantha Hyde


Samantha is one of Octopus’s stellar success stories; she was handpicked from the Octopus field staff 3 years ago and put through the UR mentoring program. She worked across all Octopus departments through this program; HR, payroll and staffing. Starting as the HR Coordinator, Sam quickly moved into the role of Team Leader and Staffing Services Manager. In October 2014, Samantha was appointed as Chief Operations Officer for Octopus.

Sue Kirkham

Senior Consultant – Chefs & Cooks

Sue first joined Octopus 8 months after it opened its doors, and has been Melbourne’s pre-eminent consultant providing quality chefs and cooks ever since. Today Sue oversees the employment of one of Melbourne’s largest pools of quality chefs and cooks, covering all specialties and levels.

Tony Murphy

Director of National Talent Acquisition & Business Partnerships

Tony is Australia’s most trusted and respected recruiter of senior hospitality people. He has sourced roles for many of Australia’s leading hospitality environments in sales & business development, marketing & communications, human resources, learning & development, senior management and executive positions.

“Practical and knowledgeable key industry leaders”

We love to support a good cause

Over many years Octopus has raised many tens of thousands of dollars for a range of worthy charities.

This year our nominated charity is Lifeline.

Previous charities we have supported include Ovarian Cancer Australia, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, The Royal Children’s Hospital, and the Mirabel Foundation.

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We are located in sunny (and sometimes rainy) Melbourne, about 10 minutes from the city by tram.

1300 360 362
Level 10, 420 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 3004

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We are always interested in how we can assist you with your needs