Because the market is loaded with high unemployment, hiring managers are approaching candidates directly to circumvent paying fees to recruiters. Corporate recruiters are therefore competing with the very professionals they’re assigned to support. Agencies, sensing a schism and a possible opportunity to snap up a quick albeit reduced fee, are vying to squeeze a toe in the door with the hiring manager and pitching the line, “I can do it better for less and without politics.”
I anticipate that the duplication will continue until such time as hiring managers tire of the inbox onslaught and focus entirely on the highest and best use of their time: winning business.
Any others willing to prognosticate?