An expert’s thoughts on using too many recruitment agencies to work on a single position, by Rhys Williams Managing Director of Sigma Recruitment Ltd.

For more than 20 years, I have recruited manufacturing professionals across a wide range of skill sets and industries, within the South Wales area.

One of the biggest issues I encounter is companies involving too many recruitment agencies on each vacancy, below are examples of clients thought processes and my take on the situation.

Many companies utilise multiple agencies for a variety of reasons. Here are just a few of the arguments we hear and why they are fatally flawed:

More pitfalls of multiple agencies:-

How many agencies should you use?

Most of the time it makes sense to select one specialist supplier who has a proven track record of filling the type of position that you need to recruit for.

If you need to use more than one supplier, I would suggest using a tiered structure (i.e. go out to more if the first agency fails to deliver).

I have also written a guide for how to select a suitable recruitment agency; the guide is written for the Cardiff market but applies throughout South Wales. Read the Guide to Selecting a Recruitment Agency

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