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Call on The Guardian

Call on The Guardian to clarify advertising conflict with recruiters

The blog run by Arithons UK sales manager, Stephen Fowler, has attracted four times the usual level of hits thanks to his airing of recruitment agencies annoyance at The Guardian newspapers apparent agency-style use of candidate CVs.

According to comments posted by recruiters on the blog The Guardian has accepted vacancy adverts from agencies as normal but has then sent some of the CVs generated directly to prospective employers. Apart from possible data protection issues with this use of the CVs there is confusion over the Guardian's role one commentator described the Guardians apparent stance as speculating off the back of our paid-for response another said I dont see the Guardian approach to be unethical but they may have to review their position as they are possibly acting as an agent..

Stephen Fowler explained, It is clear that many agencies are furious. On behalf of our own recruitment clients Arithon has asked The Guardian to clarify its strategy and my blog is open for them to comment too. Wed like to remove speculation and get to the facts of the matter but have not received a response as yet from The Guardian. No doubt recruitment associations like APSCo will be making their own enquiries. Thousands of UK recruitment agencies could be affected if this type of monetisation of CVs is implemented by publishers. However, my feeling is that in the case of the Guardian it is simply a trial business model made by an ethical publication that hasnt quite worked out the implications. Thanks to the blog it has been aired quickly and can now be addressed openly. Watch this space.


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