Positive news for those working in the recruitment sector, as recent findings show their hard work appears to have paid off.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) ‘Attract and retain top talent – Pay and benefits in the recruitment sector’ report revealed an average pay rise of 3.6 per cent for recruiters.
The survey of 300 recruiters also found that 40% of consultants and 53% of managers received a pay rise in the past year, including one in seven (15%) who received a pay rise of 10% or more.
According to the REC report, the top three considerations for recruiters when thinking about a change of job are: Pay, flexible working opportunities and a commitment to invest in their personal development – all of which carry more weight than a generic ‘benefits package’.
Flexible working is appreciated by both consultants and managers: over half of women (53%) and a third of men (33%) working in recruitment had used at least one method of flexible working in the past year whether that was working part-time, compressed hours or working from home. The proportion of recruiters offering benefits such as training days and childcare assistance appears to have increased since the REC’s last salary survey in 2015 – a further sign of a growth in family-friendly working practices and non-financial benefits.