Career Progression in the Recruitment Industry

Recruitment is one of the most rewarding career paths you can take without having to obtain a qualification or degree. It is an industry in which professionals are judged on performance – not by time served. (Some of our top performers have progressed from junior to Senior Consultant or Team Leader in less than two years!)

Your success relies on how hard you’re willing to work and the quality of your job performance.

Below we have highlighted the most common roles in recruitment and expected salaries working with a local agency, from a trainee consultant right through to management.

In this entry-level role, you’ll be responsible for assisting the senior consultants with various tasks related to the recruitment process. Responsibilities include sourcing and screening candidates, coordinating interviews, handling administrative tasks.

Base salary: £18,000 to £24,000 per year.

Most recruitment agencies offer commission or a bonus scheme (based on performance) on top of a base salary, doubling your earning potential!

Recruitment Consultants are responsible for managing their own portfolio of clients and candidates. Your main responsibilities will be to develop lasting relationships with business clients. By understanding their needs and requirements, you’ll be able to source quality candidates and place them in appropriate roles.

Expected base salary: up to £24,000, plus benefits.

Those that can maintain a strong performance may progress into the role of Senior Consultant.

Senior Recruitment Consultants have advanced skills in sourcing, screening, and placing candidates in appropriate roles and are responsible for managing larger accounts. 

At Jonathan Rhys Recruitment, you can expect a competitive base salary up to £35,000 with an uncapped earning potential of £100k+! Find out more.

After a few years experience as a Senior Consultant, you may then be promoted to a Team Leader. Your main responsibilities are to motivate and inspire a team of consultants and monitor all recruitment activity, ensuring smooth operations inline with company goals.

A Team Leader may also have input in developing and implementing new strategies to drive growth and profitability for the firm.


As a recruitment agency manager, you’ll lead and manage a team of consultants, develop new business opportunities, build and maintain client relationships, recruit and retain top talent, and ensure compliance with regulations.

You’ll participate in strategic planning, monitoring budgets, targets, and performance metrics. Compliance and risk management are crucial responsibilities, ensuring that the agency adheres to regulations and mitigates risks.

The salary will certainly be attractive, and you’ll be receiving excellent benefits too!

It will definitely be worth the effort and time you’ve put in to get there.

What Makes A Successful Recruiter?

Partner & Permanent Recruitment Director at Jonathan Rhys Recruitment, Jon Foan, shares the Key Qualities of a Successful Recruiter.

7 Reasons Why You Should Start A Career In Recruitment:

Exceptional Career Development Opportunities and Fast Progression

At Jonathan Rhys Recruitment, we hold weekly training sessions to foster your professional growth. Whether you’re just starting out or an experienced recruiter, our supportive environment and collaboration with colleagues ensure that you can expand and refine your skills. With consistency, hard work and dedication, you can fast track your career in to a senior role.

Entrepreneurship with Unparalleled Support

Recruiters have the opportunity to build and manage their own client and candidate base. This entrepreneurial freedom empowers you to create your own success, all while benefiting from the unwavering support of our broader organisation.

Our balanced approach ensures you have full control of your desk while enjoying the backing of a dedicated team.

Uncapped Earning Potential

Recruitment agencies offer commission structure that can enable limitless earning potential. Your hard work and dedication will directly translate into financial rewards, providing ample motivation to achieve and surpass your goals.

Make a Positive Impact on Lives

One of the most rewarding aspects of a career in recruitment is the impact you can have on people’s lives. Whether it’s helping individuals secure their dream jobs or helping clients grow their businesses, recruiters at Jonathan Rhys Recruitment play a pivotal role in shaping futures.

Cutting-Edge Recruitment Tools and Techniques

The recruitment landscape is continually evolving, and Jonathan Rhys Recruitment remains at the forefront of technological advancements. Our agency leverages innovative tools like LinkedIn to enhance sourcing and relationship-building capabilities.

Additionally, platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams facilitate seamless remote communication, making it easier than ever to connect with clients and candidates.

Cultivate Innovative Thinking

While certain aspects of recruitment follow established practices, the most successful recruiters think outside the box.

At Jonathan Rhys Recruitment, we encourage and value innovative thinking, as it sets you apart from competitors. Embracing creativity and fresh approaches enables you to access the best talent pool and deliver superior service to clients. The satisfaction derived from such innovative practices keeps you engaged and constantly striving for excellence.

Competitive Working Environment

The recruitment industry is competitive. We embrace it as a driving force for growth. A little healthy competition between peers fuels motivation and spurs us to excel. It’s the perfect environment for those who thrive on challenges and seek continuous personal and professional growth.

Are you a recruitment consultant currently working in London, but looking for new opportunities closer to home? If so, then Jonathan Rhys Recruitment might be the perfect fit for you! Based in Southend, our agency specialises in helping talented IT professionals find their ideal jobs at some of the most exciting businesses in Europe. 

Visit our Careers page to see our current vacancies and apply.