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Recruitment Agencies

Using a recruitment agency to find a job is a typical way especially to find temporary work and jobs in specific sectors. So knowing how to find out about recruitment agencies and how to make best use of them is a wise move for many job seekers.

How to use recruitment agencies?

Recruitment agencies

How to use recruitment agencies?

A recruitment agency can help you by finding you vacancies for employers who are contracted to that agency. The recruitment agency advertises vacancies covering permanent and temporary positions.

Employers use recruitment agencies in order to:

  • recruit for a new type of post for which they have no expertise
  • minimise publicity when recruiting in one area of work while losing staff in another
  • conceal recruitment activities from competitors
  • get help with the recruitment process - eg if they don't have enough staff to deal with it

Many agencies specialise in certain types of work, within certain sectors or in particular geographical areas. The employer pays the agency to assist them in filling a particular job. You should not be asked to pay the agency for finding you work. When registering with agencies remember that the employer is the agency's primary client and not you.

Many agencies are members of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), which is the national body that represents the recruitment industry. Recruitment agencies are a popular tool for finding a job, and, used properly, they may be able to help you in your search for a graduate career.

You can search for Recruitment agencies that specialise in a particular type of work, on the website of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

Agency Central is another source which provides access to thousands of recruitment agencies and job sites. It is searchable by industry type, skills that agencies look for, and by location. Yellow Pages also allows you to search for recruitment agencies by location

Some agencies just exist online and enable you to post your application form on the site for employers to view. You need to check the security of the site, as you are supplying personal information.

Staffing and contract agencies

The agency compiles a pool of candidates with qualifications, skills and experience and will supply staff to an organisation for a specific contract (anything from one day to several months). You will be paid by the agency for the hours that you actually work - you are not paid for holidays or sick pay. Employers might use staffing or contract agencies in order to:

  • find staff to cover sickness and holidays
  • tackle specific projects such as computer system re-organisation
  • avoid having unnecessary staff

What are the advantages of using agencies?

  • If you're working full time, the recruitment agency can be working on your behalf while you apply for jobs directly.
  • Specialist agencies may be able to offer advice about their sector.
  • You can work through staffing and contracts agencies to gain varied short-term experience with several employers.
  • You may be able to set up work in advance of arrival in a new town.

General rules for using recruitment agencies

  • Supply the agencies with a careers consultant checked CV
  • Tell the agency about any important factors - are there any constraints?
  • Tell the agency if you don't want them to send your CV to particular companies such as your present employer!
  • Keep chasing the agency for progress - ring or call in on a regular basis.
  • Don't rely on agencies as your only means of finding a job.

Recruitment Agencies

Recruitment agencies deal with jobs from all employment sectors and advertise vacancies covering permanent and temporary positions. They are a popular tool for finding a job and, used properly, they may be able to help you in your search for a graduate career. There are many agencies with offices in the North West that specialise in particular employment sectors.

Here is a list of primarily North-west agencies. This list is only intended as a sample of recruitment agencies, and is by no means exhaustive. Appearance on this list does not mean that Careers & Employability recommends these agencies above others.

GAAPweb is the leading job site for finance and accountancy students and graduates: You can use GAAPweb in your job search to: ·
  • Search over 2000 roles in the UK and overseas
  • Upload your CV so recruiters and employers can find you 
  • Set up job alerts and get the latest graduate accountancy and finance jobs direct to your inbox 
  • Sign up for our newsletters to see who’s hiring
Instinct Credit Recruitment has an office in Eccles (Salford).
Phoenix Way has an office in Manchester.
Recruiter Talent are a global talent management platform
RK Accountancy operates from offices in Altrincham, Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and Warrington (Cheshire).
Robert Half Finance & Accounting has offices in Liverpool and Manchester.
Ruth Halliday Associates has an office in Manchester.
Stark Brooks Associates has an office in Manchester.
CASTUK has an office in Manchester.
Eden Brown has an office in Manchester.
Gradcracker science, engineering & technology work placements and graduate opportunities
Harvey Lawrence has offices in Cheadle Hulme (Stockport) and Liverpool.
Hays Construction operates out of offices in Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Warrington (Cheshire).
Leap 29 has an office in Wilmslow (Cheshire).
Anders Elite has an office in Manchester. Anders Elite has an office in Manchester.
CASTUK has an office in Manchester.
First Technical has an office in Warrington (Cheshire).
Gradcracker science, engineering & technology work placements and graduate opportunities
Huxley Engineering has an office in Manchester.
Intec (UK) Ltd is based at Heysham (Lancashire).
Jam Recruitment has an office in Sale (Manchester).
Qreer European Technical Job Board in Engineering, Software, Science & Technology.
Harbex Nursing and Care has an office in Urmston (Manchester).
People Plus has an office in Manchester.
Allegis Group operates from an office in Sale (Manchester).
AMTech IT Staffing Solutions has an office in Manchester.
Compucare Group IT People Solutions has an office in Runcorn (Cheshire).
Computer Futures has an office in Manchester.
Deerfoot IT Recruitment Solutions has an office in Wilmslow (Cheshire).
Elevate Recruitment is based in Tarporley (Cheshire).
Frank Recruitment Group. Global niche IT recruitment business,employs more than 900 people (mostlygraduates) across offices in London, New York, Newcastle, San Francisco, Melbourne, Singapore and Philadelphia.
Gradcracker science, engineering & technology work placements and graduate opportunities
Instinct has an office in Manchester City Centre
Lorien Plc has an office in Manchester.
Monarch Recruitment has an office in Manchester.
OCC Computer Personnel is based at Nantwich (Cheshire).
Progressive has an office in Manchester.
Senitor Associates Ltd has offices in Manchester and in Wilmslow (Cheshire).
European Selection and Recruitment has an office in Macclesfield (Cheshire).
Eurolondon Appointments has an office in Manchester
TotallyLegal is the UK’s number 1 job site for law students and graduates.
They advertise the latest graduate roles across private practice, in-house and public sector, including jobs from Magic and Silver Circle to boutique law firms, global brands and FTSE 100 employers.
You can use TotallyLegal in your job search to:
·         Search over 6,000 jobs in the UK and internationally
·         Upload your CV so recruiters and employers can find you
·         Set up job alerts and get the latest graduate jobs direct to your inbox
·         Sign up for our newsletters to see who’s hiring
Follow TotallyLegal on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.
Ruth Halliday Associates has an office in Manchester.
Favourite People based in Manchester -  freelance/permanent
Orchard is based at Salford Quays.
Badenoch & Clark has an office in Manchester.
CASTUK has an office in Manchester.
Morgan Hunt has an office in Manchester.
Gradcracker science, engineering & technology work placements and graduate opportunities
Lab Support UK has an office in Warrington (Cheshire).
Morson International operates from offices in Altrincham (Cheshire), Barrow-in-Furness (Cumbria), Eccles (Salford), Preston and Whitehaven (Cumbria).
SCI Recruitment for Scientists has an office in Northwich (Cheshire).
SRG has an office in Stretford (Manchester).
Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment content on site includes advice on applications, CVs, assessment centres and cover letters, search facility  look for sales graduate jobs. You can submit your CV through the website, where recruitment consultants will try to place you in a suitable role
The Graduate Recruitment Company based in London (media sales, new media & digital, IT, marketing, accountancy & finance, corporate sales, events, property sales and recruitment)
Glassdoor  almost like a ‘TripAdvisor for jobs’, Glassdoor is a community where students can find out what it's really like to work at more than 300,000 companies - with millions of company reviews and ratings, salary reports, interview questions and more.
Our Graduates an online job platform for students and graduates supported by the Prince’s Trust.

 

 

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