Businesses could be losing talent because candidates are being deterred from using the services of recruiters over concerns that they might receive details of irrelevant jobs, according to a recent survey of over 600 professionals.
The research, conducted by professional recommendation platform AnyGood?,
found that 41% of respondents were worried about recruiters putting them forward for jobs that they weren’t interested in or suitable for. Other key concerns about using agencies included receiving insufficient feedback about their application (19%), the lack of direct contact with a potential employer (19%) and having the control taken out of their hands (12%).
This is troubling for businesses given that the Office of National Statistics recently revealed that the employment rate is at a record high of 75.4%, meaning that hiring activity is rife.
This combination of concerns resulted in an overwhelming 95% of those surveyed stating that they would be more likely to apply for a role if it was recommended to them by a peer rather than a recruiter.