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No temp-to-perm fee? You've got to be kidding!


One of the more odious internal recruitment practices being seen with increasing frequency around the country these days is the inclusion in recruitment PSAs or tenders of the ‘no temp-to-perm fee’ condition.

I saw it again this week when industry news service ShortList brought attention to the Glenorchy (Tasmania) City Council’s current recruitment tender document including such a clause.

Here’s what I hate about this practice:

1. It penalises the agency for providing outstanding service
Think about it for a minute: A recruitment agency places an average candidate into a temporary assignment. The candidate works out their (let’s say) 6 week assignment diligently and competently, but no more. They finish the assignment and the recruitment agency subsequently places them into another assignment, from which the agency makes a margin.