Recruitment Consultancies – An Overview

Recruitment is the process of selecting the right people for a job at an organization or a firm. When looking for the right candidate, there are a plethora of options. Depending on the job you are posting, you could find it a time consuming and laborious task, as unqualified candidates eat up a lot of your time. One way to reduce the amount of time it takes to find a suitable new employee for your business is through the use of a recruitment consultant.

Often consultancies usually work for several clients. Their main responsibility is to filter the candidates as specified by each of their clients. They can handle the job posting, CV gathering, the first and interview and even the second interview if necessary. Some large employers trust all of their recruitment needs to a consultant, and in this case there will usually be an independent contract between the recruitment consultancy and their client company, and also between the recruitment consultancy and the candidate selected by them for a job. In the case of temporary workers the candidate can sometimes be paid by the recruitment consultancy instead of directly from the final company.

Many recruitment consultancies tend to specialize on one category of job, such as full time, permanent, or executive. They can be categorized as executive search agencies, retained search agencies, contingent search agencies and engaged search agencies based on their specialization. They commonly also specialize on a specific industry, such as medical, information technology or sales. Depending on the industry involved, online applications may be very common. Some recruitment consultants will post new jobs on recruitment sites, and the largest recruitment agencies can afford to wait for candidates to come to their website thanks to their brand name.

The relatively strong labor market and economic opportunities of the United Kingdom attracts a large number of professionals from all over the world. Some consultancies help foreign candidates with certain formalities, like getting visas and work permits etc, but this is still quite rare except in the highly-skilled or medical sectors.