What to look for in a Recruitment Agency

It can be a daunting task when looking for a new job in healthcare. Whether you’re considering a move into being a locum, moving to the UK or simply considering a new healthcare agency to work with there are several factors to take into consideration. Choosing an agency to work with is a commitment in trust and time so it’s important to choose the right one. Here’s some top factors to look out for when looking around.


1)      Are they a framework agency?

NHS Trusts work mainly with agencies that are on frameworks. These frameworks are there to ensure the hospital receive candidates that they know are eligible to work there, they know certain documents have been checked, security clearances like DBS’s have been obtained, references have been checked, licences with relevant bodies are valid and with pay rates that have already been agreed across the board. To ensure you hear about all jobs as soon as they are available you should be registered with a framework agency.

RIG Healthcare are a framework supplier for HealthTrust Europe (HTE), Crown Commercial Services (CCS) and Collaborative Procurement Partnership (CPP).


2)      Are the Recruitment Consultants specialists in their field?

You need to ensure that whoever is working on your behalf knows what they are doing. A Recruiter who specialises in a particular job role will be a specialist in their field, they will know, in depth, the type of work you are looking for, they will know that specific hospitals will work with a specific type of machinery that you may have experience in, the managers they deal with will know that the company can supply the right worker with the right experience level. If you have a trusted and knowledgeable recruiter, you are already halfway there to securing the role.

94% of all our candidates said their initial contact with RIG was either Good or Very Good.

All Consultants at RIG specialise in a specific discipline and geographical area so if you are an MRI Radiographer with Siemens experience in the North West for example then our Consultant would know exactly who to contact.


3)      A knowledgeable compliance department

There’s nothing worse than securing a new role only to find out the day before you are due to start that this will not be possible because you have some important documents missing from your compliance pack. It is your agencies responsibility to let you know what they need, what training you may need to retake and what blood results you may need to prove. Take the time to look through what documents are required.

Over 91% of our candidates on their first placement would recommend RIG to a colleague.

RIG have a dedicated compliance teams, one for before you are placed into a role and others once you have started to work for RIG to ensure you are kept compliant at all times.


4)      Good feedback from current workers.

You really can’t beat word of mouth referrals, if a colleague recommends an agency there is a good reason for it, they won’t want you to work for a rubbish agency and it to reflect badly on them.

RIG offer up to £300 when you recommend a colleague, but don’t just trust your friends recommendations have a look at our word cloud below, the answers come from the question, "please describe RIG in one word…."











Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you secure your next role: info@righealthcare.co.uk




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