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A helping hand to pick out the right candidate to fill a vacancy

Published 30 July 2018

Many things have made modern life much easier and for employers recruiting the right person is one such task.

The role of recruitment agencies in sourcing, identifying and selecting the right candidate to fill a vacancy is one that provides a number of benefits for both employers and employees.

The agencies are in effect the ‘middleman’ between jobseekers and employers and have to follow certain rules.

Those guidelines that agencies need to adhere to mean a recruitment agency cannot charge a fee to a work-seeker for work finding services, stop someone from working elsewhere or terminating their contract, withhold payments or wages due or supply a temporary worker to replace someone taking part in industrial action. (1)

They must also make sure workers are: paid for all the work they do, are not forced to work longer than 48 hours a week (2) and paid at least the National Minimum Wage. (3)

When an employer needs to recruit a member of staff the service provided by a recruitment agency can be invaluable. While for an employee the service provides exclusive access to jobs.

The way in which the industry works is evolving and it is predicted that difficult challenges lie ahead for the sector.

The 2018 Global Recruiting Trends report (4), revealed the four big hiring trends for this year which are listed as:

Diversity: the new global mindset.

Candidate assessment tools: newest ways to identify top performers.

Data: the new corporate superpower.

Artificial Intelligence: the secret workhorse.

It is worth looking at the benefits for both employers and candidates in using recruitment agencies.

Benefits for employers include:

In business there is a well-known saying that time is money and a recruitment agency is a time saver when it comes to recruiting. Sifting through numerous applications, many not suitable for the job, to find the right candidate is time consuming. The type of overwhelming response to a job ad from an employer was highlighted when a supermarket advertised 150 jobs and received more than 4,000 applications. (5) The agency can save crucial time with this task.

They will also have access to some of the best talent available and exclusive knowledge of individuals that may be employed elsewhere but looking to move on. All candidates will have to be screened, which is another crucial and also time consuming task.

References need to be verified, background checks carried out and preliminary interviews conducted to confirm the information provided in an application. A recruitment agency will take care of these tasks before the employer meets the candidate. This provides an assurance to the recruiter that those vital checks have been passed.

Meeting the candidates put forward will help an employer to quickly form an opinion on the effectiveness of the service provided. If the choices are impressive it can provide an assurance and confidence in the service and see the development of a trusting working relationship, making any future recruitment process much easier.

Benefits for candidates include

The service is free because the agency will be paid by its client, the employer. They will also have expert knowledge of the job market and be aware of any exciting vacancies that may match your skills and expertise.

The agency will also have access to a large network of employers; which will mean it can quickly get you in touch with interesting opportunities and projects.

When searching for a job there will be vacancies that are not openly advertised, but which those in the know are aware of. Recruitment agencies can have access to suitable jobs that you may not be aware of as a result of relationships built up over the years, which means they can often the first to hear about any vacancies.

When you have landed a job the support does not end there, it is ongoing. All related paperwork will be taken care of and you can also get help in negotiating your salary.

The aim of the agency is to find you a suitable role and make life as easy as possible for you when it comes to finding a job.

1.Employment agencies and businesses, GOV.UK, (cited 30.7.18), available from:

2.Working hours, ACAS.ORG.UK,(cited 30.7.18) available from:

3.National minimum wage and living wage, (cited 30.7.18) available from:

4.Global recruitment trend report, Linkedin,(cited 30.7.18) available from:

5.Supermarket swamped with job applicants, The Daily Express (cited 30.7.18)

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