The private recruitment industry consists of private-sector labour market intermediaries that engage in four kinds of activity. First, there are companies that provide ‘permanent’ recruitment services and assist clients in filling job vacancies. In many cases, this work embraces outplacement and headhunting (see executive search consultants and recruitment consultants). Second, there are employment agencies that provide temporary staff and contract workers. Third, there are specialist agencies in the entertainment sector that act as personal managers and representatives and who are allowed to charge workers for this service. Finally, there are job vacancy information providers, which include newspapers and magazines and Internet websites (see e-recruitment). The private recruitment industry has grown markedly in the UK and other advanced economies in recent years.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.