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Employment Agency Consultant Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Employment Agency Consultant. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Employment Agency Consultant
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Employment Agency Consultant Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Employment agency consultants, also known as recruitment consultants, match people who are looking for permanent or temporary work to employers with vacancies. The work involves:

  • Communicating with employers by telephone, correspondence or in person. This will involve finding new clients for the agency and finding out about their job requirements, as well as gaining feedback on job-seekers placed with organisations.
  • Interviewing job-seekers and trying to match them to available jobs. This may also involve testing job-seekers'' skills and advising them if they need further training.
  • Organisation and administration. This involves arranging interviews, making follow-up telephone calls, keeping records, drafting press advertisements and placing them in newspapers and magazines.

Hours and Environment

Working hours are usually from 8.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Consultants working for a specialist agency, such as those dealing with nurses or industrial workers, will work shifts and have early starts.

The work is mainly desk-based. With experience consultants may travel to visit employers. A driving licence is useful.

Skills and Interests

To be an employment agency consultant you should:

  • have good communication skills
  • be able to gain people''s confidence and put them at their ease
  • be persuasive, persistent and patient
  • be of smart appearance
  • be able to cope with pressure
  • be flexible and adaptable
  • have a mature personality
  • have good organisational and administrative skills.


Entry is possible without academic qualifications but it is an advantage to have GCSEs/S grades. Increasingly, graduates are being recruited by employers dealing with executive placements.

For specialist recruitment, knowledge and experience of the sector can be extremely important.

There is no upper age limit for entry and most people enter this work after gaining experience in another field. Previous experience in personnel, sales or office work is an advantage.

Applicants usually start as trainee consultants and become consultants within a few months of joining an agency.


Large agencies run in-house training programmes lasting up to 12 weeks. These programmes will include on-the-job training and courses run by the agencies own staff. Other agencies may send staff on external courses run by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The REC offers two awards, available through distance learning:

The Foundation Award in Recruitment Practice, which is aimed at consultants/interviewers in their first two years in the industry, or who wish to refresh their basic knowledge and skills. People who wish to embark on a career in recruitment or set up their own agency can also take the Award.
The Certificate in Recruitment Practice which is for consultants/interviewers with at least one years experience, or those with less experience who have studied for A levels/H grades, a degree or equivalent.
The REC also offers a range of professional development short courses covering subjects such as sales, interview techniques, employment law, finance and management.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development offers the Certificate in Recruitment and Selection, available through distance learning, plus a range of professional development short courses in interviewing techniques, employment law and psychometric testing.

NVQ/SVQ Level 3 is available in Recruitment Consultancy.


There are over 16,000 recruitment agencies in the United Kingdom. Most deal with office workers but some agencies specialise, for example, in driving or nursing.

Large firms have more clearly defined promotion structures whereas small firms may not have much scope for promotion. It is possible to be self-employed and run your own agency. Some consultants move into personnel or sales.

Annual Income

These figures are intended as a guideline only.

Starting salaries are between £9,500 and £17,000.
With experience, consultants earn between £13,000 and £25,000.
Some consultants earn in excess of £30,000.

Further information

LGcareers *
Kimberley House
47 Vaughn Way
Tel: 0116 251 7979

Recruitment and Employment Confederation
3rd Floor, Steward House
16a Commercial Way
GU21 1ET
Tel: 020 7462 3260

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
CIPD House
Camp Road
SW19 4UX
Tel: 020 8263 3355

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

Other Useful Employment Agency Consultant Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Employment Agency Consultant job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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