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Recruitment businesses prove valuable in the downturn

Recruitment businesses prove valuable in the downturn
RECRUITMENT agencies add more value for contractors and freelancers than they used to, have been vital through the economic downturn and have helped negotiate better rates of pay, according to new research.
A survey carried out by accountancy firm Brookson, among self employed professionals operating in sectors including oil and gas, nuclear, aerospace, defence, rail and chemical found more than a quarter (31.4%) felt their recruiter had been useful to them through the downturn.
The survey results found contractors working in the nuclear industry are particularly positive about recruitment businesses, with 50% stating they were more relevant to them now than ever before.
The results also found more than 60% of contractors believed recruitment businesses help them find work they wouldnt find on their own.  This was particularly true in other engineering sectors such as rail and chemical in which 71% of people asked agreed this was the case.
Martin Hesketh, managing director of Brookson, said:
We carried out the survey among our customers to determine the current opinions from the contracting and freelancer community, with a particular emphasis on the value recruitment businesses bring to contractors.
We wanted to provide an invaluable insight into the opinions of our customers who have backgrounds in both in engineering and non-engineering roles.  What has come to light from this research is the perception of recruiters by the contractor community is positive.
However we mustnt become complacent, its important recruitment agencies and accountancy service providers, such as ourselves, continue to provide added value to contractors with the aim of instilling loyalty.
Its a challenging time, like any other industry, but we have to focus on the opportunities out there.
The survey was completed by 560 of Brooksons customers.


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