Emma spoke with secret guru and recruitment consultant Renee Hamilton  

Filling positions vacant within your allied health practice can feel like a full-time job in itself, but a recruitment consultant help! A consultant should feel like an extension of yourself, some who you can partner with and who will fulfil an 'end-to-end' service.

The beginning of that service is a comprehensive briefing to find out what you need. An agency will have a pool of candidates who have been interviewed, some even tried and tested! From that briefing alone you could have a shortlist ready to go.

Not all agencies are created equal. Renee's advice is to stay away from the bigger players and find a specialised agency that works specifically within your field. Larger agencies may have a team that works within your industry however a boutique agency has a sole focus on candidates relevant to you and your business, so you're likely to get a higher quality of candidate.

You're probably wondering how much this all costs?

For a permanent employee it's a percentage of the total remuneration package, and for a specialist agency you can expect that to be 15-20%. The other option is a retained search in which a one-third retainer is paid upfront, the second third at shortlist stage, and the final third when the right candidate is found. In addition, agencies will have standard fees upfront but will provide options to lessen those fees if it means an agency can have exclusivity.

To get the best out of working with a recruiter, make sure you're clear on what you want from a role, have a position description, qualifications required, and consider the culture fit of your workplace and the type of person you might be looking for.

You'll also need a salary range.

With the 'end-to-end' service an agency provides, they will check in with you and with the successful candidate around the standard probation time to make sure both sides are happy with the appointment, and if not – most agencies do provide a replacement guarantee. This peace of mind goes a long way to justifying the service fees!

Good luck on your next hire, and I would love to hear about any experience you've had working with an agency!


Emma Spencer

Emma is a Clinical Psychologist who has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and families and peri-natal care.  Her background has been varied and included employment within hospital and community settings, both public and private.

Emma also worked for a number of years in consulting, as a trainer, project manager, neuropsychological assessor and also provided employment selection and transition services.