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Recruiters 'fed up' with defending their profession

In 2017, the recruitment industry grew at its fastest rate ever with 9,001 new agencies founded since the start of January.

Yet, reports still decry the relevance of the ‘middle-man’ that is the modern-day recruiter. With the influx of AI, job boards and unstable work making it far easier for candidates to be hired, the value of agencies has been questioned – not to mention their reputation.  

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Comments (3)

  • Luke S
    Luke S
    Fri, 9 Feb 2018 2:51pm GMT
    Recruiters will never please everyone and people like to have someone to blame. Be it the employer trying to hire top talent well beyond market rates or the under qualified candidate being over-looked for their dream job. We can only do so much for so many. It's understandably an emotive market as peoples livelihoods are on the line, which only adds to the over-reaction we see regularly. The fact is, every industry has good and bad elements they just aren't all interacting with people at such critical points in their lives.

    The other issue is that people that have good experiences rarely feel as inclined to take to the internet to sing about it as often as people that have had a bad experience, which paints a pretty gloomy picture of the over all industry which in truth is totally inaccurate.

    Also 'No smoke without fire' is one of the laziest and least truthful expressions out there.
  • Sir
    Sir
    Fri, 9 Feb 2018 1:34pm GMT
    Recruiters preside over a money-making merry-go-round, where good employees are enticed away from one perfectly good job to another - creating pointless churn and instability.
    The value they add to the overall economy is very questionable indeed - do they add to our collective body of scientific knowledge, care for the sick, or lighten our spirits ? No, none of these things. They just move people around at 10% to 20% a pop (more if they can get it).
  • Bruce Mclane
    Bruce Mclane
    Fri, 9 Feb 2018 11:52am GMT
    There's no smoke without fire. Being an ex-recruiter myself I've worked with some untrustworthy, corrupt, arrogant, greedy, rude people which give recruiters a bad name.

    However I have also met some incredible, trustworthy, lovely, kind, selfless people.

    Unfortunately, bad news always travels faster than good news.
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