IT&T employers find recruitment agencies dissatisfactory

Up to 89 per cent of Australia's corporate IT employers are dissatisfied with the value recruitment agencies add to the hiring process, a new recruitment agency has found.

According to Best International's latest research, many of Australia's top 100 IT&T employers are particularly disgruntled by the high level of inappropriate resumes forwarded on to them by recruitment agencies, saying too much of their time is wasted wading through unsuitable applicants. Many claim these should have been eliminated from the candidate list by recruitment agencies prior to reaching their desk.

In a press statement, Best International blamed the fee structure and methodology used by traditional "contingency" recruitment agencies for the excessive amount of resumes appearing at the employer's end.

"Contingency recruitment requires an agency to forward the "right" resume to a client ahead of competing agencies," the agency said. " This often means agencies inundate clients with unsuitable candidates in an attempt to strike it lucky with the client before another agency can put forward the winning candidate."

Best International recently established itself as player in the Australian market, following the launch of its IT staffing services in the UK in 1997. The group runs its own Best Network, a free e-mail based service which updates members on the latest jobs available on the Best International Web site.

More information on Best International is available at: www.best-international.com.au.

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