A question for you, especially if you are a guilty party in the following.
Is there any particular reason
why some recruitment consultants copy and paste direct application job
advertisements from, as an example, the NHS job website, and then claim them as "my
client", who they can't mention and which salary details they haven't any idea of?
Is this not wasting applicants' time and immorally raising
I'm sorry, but it's the height of irresponsibility, and needs addressing.
Even a volunteer, mini, "charter" for applicants in agency recruitment
advertisements (rather than the usual, unqualified "we are a leading recruitment consultancy" nonsense) might help separate the wheat from the useless.
Perhaps something along the lines of: "This is a genuine employment position and we guarantee that we are working solely/in conjunction with x (* see 3rd paragraph below) on filling this position."
There should not have
to be a "buyer beware" attitude for job seekers, especially in these hard times. We've all had unsolicited phone calls from recruiters, some excellent, some a patent waste of time, but this "my client" nonsense, when it is NOT "my client" really has to stop.
Another aspect needing address.
Some organisations have the stupid system where they have several "preferred" recruitment consultants working for them at one time. Common sense dictates that job candidates, especially in specific sector 'trades', will more than likely be registered with each of the preferred agencies! Not alone that, but each of the preferred agencies will no doubt use the (cheap) electronic employment bulletin boards, so the same advertisement will be repeated all over the place. Again, this wastes applicants time and unnecessarily raises their hopes, because the agencies certainly don't tell candidates another four recruitment consultancies are also involved in the search.
I could suggest the
ivory-tower CIPD do something about it, but I'm not that naive, realising they are a very busy orgainsation and have some very important work to do, importing Americanised HR bull for passing on to its members so they in turn can organise monthly happy-clappy jumping-up-and-down-on-coloured-squares bonding sessions for staff.
Perhaps it needs intervention by DWP, or another government department - even dare I suggest BIS or even Trading Standards!
I'm not one to deny anyone a living (apart from burglars, drug dealers and premium-rate talent show voting), but it's just one more element in a succession of 'things' (e.g. house buying in England, car wheel clamping) that seems to get heel-dragged until someone takes someone else to court to set a precedent, or the BBC Watchdog programme gets involved - but it shouldn't have to be that way!