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.

In this blog post we share the types of responsibilities and salaries you can expect at each stage of your career in recruitment.

Trainee Recruitment Consultant or Resource Consultant

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

At Jonathan Rhys, you can expect to earn a base salary of around £18,000 to £24,000 per year, depending on your experience.

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

Recruitment Consultant

Recruitment Consultants are responsible for managing their own portfolio of clients and candidates. Developing lasting relationships with business clients, understanding their needs and requirements, and sourcing and placing candidates in appropriate roles.

At this stage, you can expect an increase in your base salary up to £24,000 at Jonathan Rhys.

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

Senior Recruitment 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.

Team Leader

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

Your responsibilities will be to motivate and inspire a team of consultants and monitor all recruitment activity to ensure a successful, smooth running operation. 

You 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.

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. Our Partner & Permanent Recruitment Director, Jon Foan, shares the Key Qualities of a Successful Recruiter…