The majority of IT contractors find work via recruitment agencies – either directly, or more typically via contract positions advertised on online job boards.
In this article, we look at how agencies operate, as the middlemen between end clients and contractors.
How the agency recruitment process works
1. Whether as a ‘preferred supplier’ to a larger end-client, or dealing on a specific vacancy basis, agencies be asked to source contractors to fill voids in IT projects.
2. The client will provide a resource specification (often with the assistance of the agency), which will detail the headcount required, skills and experience, the budget, and any deadlines which may apply.
4. The agent will ‘sort’ the CVs until a shortlist remains, which will be passed on to the end client. In tough economic times, some roles will attract hundreds of responses from candidates.
5. The client will typically interview 2 or 3 candidates for each role.
6. The successful contractor(s) will be offered the role at a certain rate (the amount charged to the client minus the agency commission)
7. Quite often, terms are negotiated at this stage – typically revolving around the hourly / daily rate to be paid.
8. Terms are agreed – including the contract rate, start date, and duration of the contract.
10. The contract runs, according to the agreed terms, until a renewal is pending, or the contract comes to an end.