According to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) there are 8,000 recruitment agencies in the UK employing more than 96,000 people. These recruiters helped more than 630,000 people find a permanent job during 2013/14 and on any given day during the past year, 1.15 million people were working on a temporary or contract assignment they secured via a recruitment agency.
The stats are positive but unless recruiters can find a way of genuinely elevating their services from the crowd, all they are (in the eyes of friends, family, partner or more importantly clients and candidates) is just another one of those 8,000 agencies.
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it”, a famous American business magnate once said.
Sadly, the reputation of the recruitment industry often takes a beating and it only takes one bad experience with one recruiter to lead someone to develop a negative opinion of the entire sector.
However, this presents many recruiters with the opportunity to really differentiate themselves by being genuinely driven by a desire to do the best job they can and to give clients and candidates alike the most knowledgeable, enjoyable and professional service out there.