How can contractors, agency staff, and clients make sure they are engaging with a reputable recruitment agency? One that can offer long term support and financial stability? Here are our recommendations:
- Look at how long the agency has been trading and in particular in your industry. Is it a new outfit that has the cash stability to run a contract portfolio?
- What is the reputation of the agency and what accreditation does it hold? Within the recruitment industry there are several bodies that have been set up to support the industry in championing excellence within recruitment, one of which is the REC. Any agent who is serious about the recruitment business will be affiliated with one or ideally both of these professional bodies.
- Are all its eggs in one basket? When a supplier works solely in one market they have no back up. Look for an agent that has dealings in several different markets- this will be a sign that they are more financially secure. This will mean that financially, it can support you rather than just close down when one market is in difficulties!
- Do you have a regular contact at your agency?
Does it have a local presence?
Are they keen to meet on a regular basis?
If your contact keeps changing then that could be the first warning bell that all is not well.
Contractors – make sure your agent is strong enough to support you.
Clients – is your supply chain well vetted with the right agents which can represent your brand and support your contract work force?
If you think ARM can assist you in any way then please feel free to get in touch with the team.