Over the last 18 months, we have seen 5,348 consultants leave the recruitment sector, however at the same time we have seen an increase in active recruitment agencies. There are currently 1,720 recruitment consultant jobs advertised on seek alone. A question I believe is worth asking is how will these new and existing agencies bring consultants back or attract new talent to our recovering sector?
For the majority of recruiters, we move from one business to another for certain things; be it a prestige brand, a mentoring manager, PSA’s or financial gain. However, are there agencies offering all of these qualities, if any?
What would get you to move to another agency, or what do you think makes your agency the best?
The current 'essentials' for me is the management and culture. It is rare to find a “people manager” in recruitment; usually it’s a high billing consultant that has moved up the ranks and, in some rare cases, this can work. Luckily enough, after years within the industry, I’ve finally got a true people manager! Relating to culture - it is different for everyone but personally I think we need to encourage a “work hard/play hard” environment. In recruitment, we seem to lack the team environment that most other industries promote. Between the draw-locking of candidates and candidate-stealing, how can we foster a team culture in such a cut throat sector?
I’m keen to hear your thoughts and suggestions of what you feel the recruitment companies of today are missing and what would you jump for?