Network: Recruiters Placing More Candidates Than a Year Ago

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According to statistics provided by Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms, recruiters are placing more candidates than they were a year ago.

Mark Demaree

Top Echelon Network President Mark Demaree

Companies want talent. They want the top talent, and they’re willing to pay a recruiter to find that talent.

Although the pace of hiring during the recovery has been slower than expected, companies are still hiring more than they were a year ago, according to statistics provided by Top Echelon Network.

According to those statistics, placements by Network recruiters are up nearly 25% over this time last year, indicating that not only are companies issuing more job orders to recruiters, but they’re also filling the positions more quickly, as well.

According to Top Echelon Network President Mark Demaree, these numbers further indicate that companies are always seeking to hire the best employees they can. The unemployment rate in the U.S. might be high (and the under-employment rate might be even higher), but companies still have needs and they still want to meet those needs with top-notch talent.

“During the past few years, many companies held off on hiring,” said Demaree. “That created a pent-up demand, and now those same companies are finding that they can’t hold off any longer. Just like a company can’t hold off indefinitely when it comes to updating their hardware and software systems, they can’t hold off indefinitely when it comes to hiring employees.”

Top Echelon Network is a split placement network. In such a network, recruiters share job order and candidate information for the purpose of matching a candidate with a job opening and making a placement within a company. The two recruiters then split the fee for successfully placing the candidate.

According to Demaree, in some instances a company will want a candidate with a very specific skill set or a skill set that’s scarce within a certain industry or niche. Consequently, the recruiter trying to fill that open position might need to enlist the help of another recruiter to find viable candidates.

“It all comes down to talent,” said Demaree. “Companies want talent. They want the top talent, and they’re willing to pay a recruiter to find that talent. In turn, a recruiter is willing to share their placement fee with another recruiter who has the candidate they need.”

Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms, was founded in 1988 in Canton, Ohio.

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