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The Value of a Good Recruiter for Facilities Jobs in the UK

Britain is in on the brink of a “full blown jobs crisis” however the facilities management sector is still recruiting; albeit more cautiously than the last few years; which is making the contingent focused facilities management recruitment agencies graft harder than before.


The use of social media such as Linked-in has dramatically reduced the need for these third party recruitment agencies when recruiting facilities jobs, as cost cutting has been the priority of mid 2013 and beyond.


There is no doubt this direct route to fill facilities jobs can be both effective in terms of efficiency and cost for general low level recruitment; however it is often counter-productive in the hunt to hire the right facilities manager, executive grade or above for the role.


I see the downside of recruiting directly for facilities jobs is months of wasted time and an extremely limited pool of candidates to choose from. The opposite is true of full executive search, which from my point of view an extremely structured 20 stage process of seeking out the best talent being matched to needs, interviewed and accepted, all in the space of between two and three months.


This being compared to various stories I have heard recently of direct in-house senior recruitment taking nearly twelve months, only for the chosen candidates to then pull out at last minute.


Recruiting the right facilities professional in Britain involves much more than just placing a few adverts. It is about understanding the complex UK facilities management sector, knowing the clients and candidates inside out and dedicating the time and resource to initiating that perfect cultural match.

The flaw of the in-house model is the very best senior facilities managers are never likely to respond directly to being asked to apply to adverts for facilities jobs on client websites that they have over the last few years become so familiar with being sought out for.


Maxwell Stephens knows the FM market. We know the available candidates, what type of role they’re looking for, how to attract them, what packages they’re after, and much more. Most employers are unlikely to have even a small fraction of this valuable know-how. We dedicate 100% of our time to filling your vacancies so you don’t have to, allowing you to focus on your core business – what you do best.


A good recruiter is not just a matchmaker, although that’s a key part of of what we do. We are industry analysts, networkers, careers guides, consultants and even psychologists. We work to secure the perfect cultural match for your organisation, saving you time, money and effort and ensuring that your company continues to enjoy success.

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