Australia’s recruitment industry must be more tightly regulated to stop ‘cowboy’ recruiters.
That’s according to Shaun McCambridge of Stellar Recruitment, who said unskilled and unethical recruiters were an ongoing issue and tarnishing the reputation of the sector.
“There are no qualifications needed to become a recruiter, often little to no training available and no regulations to manage conduct – anyone with a phone and a computer can call themselves a recruitment business,” Stellar Recruitment managing director Shaun McCambridge said.
He added that it’s time to introduce better regulations, and enforce penalties for poor and unethical conduct. Doing so would raise the standard of professionalism and ultimately reduce the negative impacts on job seekers.
“There are good recruiters who know the market they recruit for well, foster good relationships with their candidates and clients and listen to their needs,” he said. “Bad recruiters on the other hand are money focused, fail to forge and maintain relationships with clients or candidates, don’t understand the industries they work in and often push candidates into unsuitable roles.”