Recruitment ethics row hots up

Trade body the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has said it is ready to meet PR recruiters to discuss setting up a dedicated ‘sectoral group’.

The move follows Xchangeteam CEO Emma Brierley's claim last week that an increasing number of PR recruiters are behaving 'unethically'. She said bad practice included rushing to send candidate CVs to agencies without telling the candidate or considering whether he or she is suitable for the job (PRWeek, 17 March).

Such behaviour would contravene the code of practice of REC, of which most PR recruiters are members.

REC has 15 dedicated sectoral groups, most of which are for professions with regulatory issues – such as those sending workers
into schools or to deal with vulnerable adults. But it also has groups for sectors such as IT and engineering in which members are keen to share best practice.

REC director of external relations Tom Hadley said he would be interested to hear if there was sufficient demand for a PR-specific group.

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