Unscrupulous recruiters cost taxpayers millions each year

Unscrupulous recruiters cost taxpayers millions each year

Universities are being urged to stop hosting recruitment agencies at annual job fairs, after they were accused of behaving like ‘football agents’ – costing taxpayers up to millions each year.

The unscrupulous practices, where some recruitment agencies sign up trainee teachers before they graduate and charge schools up to £12,000 in ‘finders fees’, is causing concern across the education industry.

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  • Pat Brown
    Pat Brown
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 1:39pm GMT
    Unfortunately (and bizarrely) we operate in an market with no barriers to entry and we do find agencies popping up whose mantra is to make a quick fee and move on. As I see it, those agencies are in the minority and bring down the reputation of the majority that actually do have a conscience and work with schools, colleges, academies and universities with a value added service on both supply and permanent recruitment.

    I certainly do not recognise the sort of numbers quoted in this article and if my business was charging rates at those levels I would not expect any repeat business from a client - however, reasonable fees for a quality driven recruitment service that allows a school to concentrate on their core activity is definitely valuable and not a waste of tax payers money.

    Education establishments that work in a trusted partnership with a select number of "reputable and accredited agencies" find a service that adds value and takes away their recruitment headaches.

    Pat Brown
    iQ Education
  • Bob
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:20pm GMT
    If the alternative is that the school in question doesn't get a qualified teacher in place and my child doesn't get a proper education then I'd prefer that the agencies continue to supply to that particular school.

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