Careers in Recruitment

A job in recruitment gives big rewards even if you don’t have degrees. In this fast-paced industry, what matters is how well you do, not how long you’ve been doing it.

Recruitment agencies typically pay a basic salary plus extra money (commission) based on how well you do your job. This means that if you are able to build your network and form strong relationships with candidates and clients, you could potentially double your earnings! But what makes a good recruiter? We cover this later in the article.

Here’s a glimpse of our career progression pathway and basic salary ranges when you join a local recruitment agency in Essex, such as Jonathan Rhys Recruitment.

Average Salaries in Recruitment in Essex

In this entry-level role, you’ll be assisting the senior consultants with various tasks relating to human resources and the recruitment process.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Sourcing candidates with the required experience and skills
  • Screening candidates to assess suitability and cultural fit
  • Coordinating and preparing candidates for interviews
  • Handling administrative tasks

Expected basic salary: £18,000 to £20,000 per year + uncapped commission

Recruitment Consultants are responsible for managing their own portfolio of candidates and clients. We call this 360-degree consultancy.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Building portfolio of clients within target market
  • Developing lasting relationships with business clients by understanding their needs and requirements
  • Advising clients on market trends and actions to take to improve the hiring process
  • Conduct Boolean search strings to find the best candidates for the role
  • Screening calls with candidates
  • Advising candidates on CV format, interview preparation and salary benchmarks
  • Ensuring best outcome for both parties

Expected base salary: £18,000 to £24,000 per year + uncapped commission

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 have more responsibility in the realm of business development.

  • Building a network of candidates and clients clients within target market
  • Advising on business development strategies to improve candidate engagement and employee retention
  • Negotiating terms with clients and candidate salaries
  • Conduct Boolean search strings to find the best candidates for the role, and new business clients
  • Conduct screening calls with candidates
  • Advising candidates on CV format, interview preparation and salary benchmarks
  • Ensuring best outcome for both candidates and clients

Expected base salary: up to £35,000 a year + uncapped commission

As an experienced technology consultant, there’s the potential to earn £100,000+ per year working at Jonathan Rhys Recruitment in Southend-On-Sea! Find out more.

After a few years experience as a Senior Consultant, you may then be promoted to a Team Leader.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Motivate and mentor a team of junior consultants
  • Monitor all recruitment activity, ensuring smooth operations inline with company goals
  • Training and development support
  • Support the development and implementation of new strategies to drive growth and profitability

As a recruitment agency manager, you’ll take on even more responsibility, which may include:

  • Leading and managing the company’s recruitment processes, strategies and budgets
  • Identifying opportunities that contribute to business development
  • Ensure compliance with regulations, mitigating risks
  • Monitoring team performance, motivations, feedback
  • Performance reporting

The salary will certainly be attractive, and you’ll be receiving excellent benefits too. These will need to be negotiated.

Career Path Of A Recruiter

Want to work in recruitment? Wondering what career progression at Jonathan Rhys looks like? Let’s take a look at Kieran’s career story so far…

Kieran Dillane, Team Leader & Principal Consultant at Jonathan Rhys Recruitment


Kieran joined the company as a Senior Consultant

Billed consistently throughout the year despite difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Receives “Best Newcomer 2020” award.


Kieran was promoted to Principal Consultant

Took responsibility of bigger accounts.
Awarded “Recruiter of the Year 2021".


Kieran was promoted to Team Leader

Helped 3 newcomers progress from Resource to Junior Consultant.
Unlocked company holiday incentive for top performance.
Awarded “Top Biller 2022".


Awarded "Recruiter of the Quarter". Twice!

2024 Goal: Get promoted to Manager

What Makes A Successful Recruiter?

Jon Foan, Managing Partner of Jonathan Rhys Recruitment, shares what he thinks are the key qualities that make a successful recruiter.

7 Reasons To Start A Career In Recruitment

Fast Progression and Career Development

At Jonathan Rhys Recruitment, we’re all about helping you grow through development training.

Every week, we host training sessions to help you grow professionally. Whether you’re new to the game or a seasoned recruiter, our supportive atmosphere and teamwork ensure that you can polish your skills.

With consistent effort and dedication, you can climb the ladder to a senior role.

Entrepreneurship Support

With us, you’ll have the freedom to carve out your own path to success, supported by our team. You are in charge of your own work and making proactive calls to candidates and clients to ensure best results.

Uncapped Earning Potential

Our uncapped commission structure offers limitless earning potential. The harder you work, the more you earn on top of your basic salary. It’s simple: your dedication pays off in a big way, giving you the motivation to hit and exceed your targets.

Positively Impact 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 play a pivotal role in shaping futures.

Recruitment: An Evolving Industry

The world of recruitment is always evolving, and we’re leading the charge. We use innovative tools like LinkedIn and Xing to find the best candidates and build strong relationships. Plus, platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams make remote communication a breeze, so you can connect with clients and candidates anytime, anywhere.

Cultivate Innovative Thinking

Sure, some things in recruitment follow a standard playbook. But the most successful recruiters think outside the box. At Jonathan Rhys Recruitment, we encourage and value innovative thinking. Being creative and trying new approaches helps you stand out from the crowd and deliver top-notch service to our clients.

Competitive Environment

Competition is part of what drives us forward. A little healthy competition among colleagues keeps us motivated and pushes us to be the best we can be. If you thrive on challenges and are always looking to grow, you may want to work in recruitment.

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