Ethics are defined as ‘Moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity’. Now let’s be honest, it’s no secret that recruitment can be a ruthless business with ethics often taking a back seat and making the fast buck often being foremost in everyone’s mind. But actually if you take a step back you’ll find that in almost all cases the two go hand in hand!

Recruitment is a costly business, attracting and retaining personnel is key to the success of any business. Ethical recruitment allows recruitment agencies to become trusted partners and to form long and meaningful relationships. This is absolutely key in a market place where, in the main, clients have choice as to what agencies to use. Why give them a choice? Treat them fairly, do what you say you are going to do, provide accurate information and why would they go anywhere else?

Ethical recruitment is certainly not a buzz term nor a fad that will soon disappear. It is crucial to the future success of our industry, it’s about getting rid of the ‘throwing mud at the wall and hoping it sticks’ mentality but getting the right person for the right job each and every time. But let’s be under no illusion ethical recruitment won’t always be the easiest option, but, it will always be the right option.