A new study of Preferred Supplier Lists in the UK has been completed by TheJobPost, with nearly half of HR and resourcing professionals saying that they are unable to fill their specialist roles via their Preferred Supplier List.
The survey also reported that 64 per cent of respondents had rejected a suitable candidate from a non-preferred agency.
The respondents comprised of 158 HR and resourcing professionals representing the hiring of over 200,000 candidates per year, with many reporting that they have struggled to find the candidates they needed via their Preferred Supplier List process.
The chairman of firm behind the study, Ken Brotherston, said that “‘We hear from employers time and time again that they’re struggling to identify the right specialist recruiter but the fact that HR & Resourcing professionals would reject suitable candidates simply because they don’t fit into the Preferred Supplier List process seems self-defeating.”
The survey also revealed that 63 per cent of those surveyed said that hiring managers regularly have contact with recruitment agencies outside of their Preferred Supplier List. They are also projecting that in a highly candidate driven environment this ‘rogue behaviour’ will increase.
Figures from the research also showed that 81 per cent of respondents had 50 or more agencies on their Preferred Supplier List.
Brotherston added: “The irony of employers not letting good candidates in through the front door so line managers bring them in through the back door provides compelling evidence that organisations should not be overly reliant on their Preferred Supplier List. “
“Hiring Managers will seek their own solutions – whether compliant or not! It’s time for a more dynamic way to access the increasing number of agencies in the market. Whilst a free for all would be unmanageable, technology is now enabling employers to gain access to the widest range of recruitment agencies but allowing them to do it in the most efficient manner that is both controlled and compliant.”
The report can be seen at http://www.thejobpost.co.uk/research