I was recently confronted by the situation as follows. An engineer, having been made redundant and seeking new employment, had contacted a placement agency. Following an introduction by the agent, I asked the candidate at interview if he was aware of the fee his agent wanted. He was not.
I explained that I was keen to offer him a job but pointed out that I was in dispute with his agent as to its fee level, which was substantially above others.
This matter may yet be resolved, but as things stand I am unable to offer and he to accept simply because of the level of the agent's fee. The agent appears unconcerned to see the candidate placed with a second choice employer.
If you are seeking a job and decide to use an agent, please check its fees and terms before signing up. Fees should be 11-12% on basic salary as a maximum.
Bill Hewlett, chief engineer, O'Rourke Group, bhewlett@orourke. co. uk