The reality of the recruitment environment

Mar 23, 2022

The reality of the recruitment environment

Working in recruitment can be highly satisfying and can come with a lot of personal and professional development opportunities.

The reward when you match a candidate and a client is a great feeling. In fact, it is a feeling that is second to none.

Recruitment is nothing if it is not fast-paced. The work environment in a recruitment agency is vibrant and creative, with employees supporting each other to achieve often very ambitious targets.

Today the recruitment environment has changed considerably, but at Secure and Recruit, our team is always on hand to help. From helping you find the perfect role in fire and security to supporting clients fill those all-important vacancies. Make sure to find more information regarding our recruitment processes and how the team at Secure and Recruit can help you.

What to expect from the recruitment environment

Below we cover the main features and elements you can find and expect in a recruitment environment.

1. Salary

Salary may vary from business to business, industry to industry, a recruiter’s experience, location, bonus schemes, etc.

Depending on the recruitment agency, there may also be a basic salary on offer with a commission, i.e., performance-related bonuses.

On average recruitment, managers can earn in excess of £40,000 per annum. However, extra income through bonuses’ allows recruitment agencies to offer incredible employee value. Boosting retention and helping to support mental health and wellbeing.

Reports show that a recruiter’s salary is £17,000 more than the average salary in the UK.

2. Career progression

There are numerous opportunities to progress in recruitment, which also comes with additional benefits and money.

From starting as a recruitment consultant to progressing to management responsible for managing teams and individuals, careers in recruitment can take you in many directions.

A strong and successful recruitment career revolves around building strong and successful relationships.

You need to understand your industry and every aspect of it. It will help set you apart from others and build your network.

3. Reward schemes

In the recruitment work environment, agencies tend to offer a range of reward schemes.

Schemes include discounts on certain places or venues, discounts on gym memberships, etc.

In light of the pandemic, we’ve also seen more investment in staff wellbeing and improved culture as more flexible working patterns have become the norm.

4. Culture

We’re not going to lie, working in recruitment and recruitment in fire and security can be demanding at times; however, due to the range of staff incentives, bonus schemes, and rewards on offer, the recruitment sector portrays an incredible work culture.

Staff are now much more valued when it comes to workplace culture, having much more of an opinion on how the work environment could be improved.

A happy work culture equals happy and productive employees.

Upskilling, continuing to inspire, and adapting to new digital technologies are always to improve workplace culture and boost morale and productivity.

5. High competition

The recruitment environment is competitive! Suiting those who boast a range of skills and expertise. Recruitment consultants must be determined if they are to succeed. You need to ensure you can manage your time and work well under pressure.

Recruitment is all about working with people, so building rapport and relationships are key.

However, due to the competitive environment and the specialist areas within fire and security companies and the roles they require, recruitment consultants have to have a resilient attitude, a positive mindset, and a strong will to keep moving forward and hitting those targets.

Strength of character and emotional resilience are also two essential qualities of a good recruitment consultant.

Recruitment work environment

The typical working day in recruitment is varied, active, and challenging. From chatting to candidates on the phone to meeting face to assess a client’s needs and requirements, your day can involve it all.
Most recruitment agencies operate between 9 am to 5 pm, but this is not set in stone, and recruitment can be very flexible, depending on workload and tasks.

Challenges in recruitment

For all the positives in the recruitment environment, there are some challenges to be aware of:

  • Finding the right talent for the positions you have can be difficult. Naturally, you want the best people, and often you will find there will be a shortage of great candidates.
  • How do you interview properly over zoom?
  • How can you promote and add employee value?
  • How do you get onboard properly and full time when working from home?
  • How do you keep communication high and the lines of communication open?

Helping candidates find and secure their dream job in fire and security is incredibly rewarding. And helping clients find the right person for the job is everyone’s ideal situation.

If the COVID pandemic has shown us anything, it is that we need to be ready to adapt and evolve. You have to show how you are more than just `another recruitment service.`

At Secure and Recruit, we work with fire and security companies to support your recruitment needs and overcome the challenges we have listed above.

To find out more, call us on 01480 275 700, or if you have any further questions, please email us at