Salaries vary across sectors and locations, but typically include a basic salary plus a performance-related bonus or commission. This can either be an individual, team or branch bonus. Basic salaries are highest in London.
Trainee recruitment consultants typically start on a basic annual salary of £14,000 to £20,000.
Some vacancies will advertise high OTE (on-target earning) salaries even for trainees. Promise of an initial high salary very much depends on your sales performance.
Recruitment consultants' average salaries are £26,000, with senior consultants earning an average of £32,000, excluding bonuses or commission.
Managers with 10-15 years' experience can earn £40,000 plus (excluding bonuses or commission).
Once bonuses and commission are included, the total average salary can increase to £38,000 for consultants and £60,000 for managers.
Other benefits may include training, mobile phones, laptops, pension schemes, team drinks, social functions and end-of-year rewards for the top billing consultant or department.
Long working hours are common and may include evenings.
Work is office based but time is also spent outside the office, meeting with clients and interviewing candidates.
Self-employment or freelance work is possible, but generally only for consultants who have expert knowledge of a specialist sector.
Career breaks are possible in certain circumstances, but are uncommon due to the dynamic nature of the sector.
Opportunities exist throughout the UK, although more jobs are available in London.
A smart personal appearance is important as the role involves meetings with clients and conducting interviews with candidates.
The role can be challenging, but also exciting as the profession is fast-paced, target driven and demanding.
Travel within the working day may be required to meet with clients.
Overseas travel is less common, unless you are working within travel-related industries or for a niche market. Overseas work is possible, however, with large companies that have overseas branches.
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