Picked up a post by Dom from OME today directing the reader to Louise's UK recruiter forum which is currently hosting an impassioned debate following the news that Reed's Freecruitment is, um, now not going to be totally free. (The first 500 jobs will be free, but after that you pay.)
My own view is that I am surprised it's taken so long for Reed to start charging. They're still offering 500 free jobs, and an unlimited posting restriction is going to help stop the multi-post phishing still undertaken by some agencies...
But whatever your standpoint, I urge you to put 20 mins aside to listen to the sound of communal recruitment consultancies wailing. You will not believe some of the comments on the site from certain rec cons, who seem to think that a free Reed is some kind of God-given right.
My favourite post is this nugget from 'Simon' ( no agency given - I wonder why?) with his somewhat impenetrable ( 'scuse the pun ) "wall" metaphor:
My company has also received the email..........
REED has allowed many small start ups to be succesful, but at the same time they have cleverly used those posting on their site to BUILD the REED website.
Its a bit like giving away free bricks so you can build a wall to keep the wind off, but you must take my bricks which are coloured yellow. People take the FREE bricks and benefit but then all the walls eventuallly meet and those who have been taking FREE bricks now find that they have closed themselves in and the only way out is to pay. The wall is owned by REED and has been built by those taking FREE bricks.
Many small agencies will go to the WALL. There will be many fuming and Angry recruitment consultants out there.
They have built up business and supported livelihoods now they are beginning to destroy and damage livlihoods
REED have given promises thast they WILL always be FREE,
I have a letter to prove it dated 1999.
Is betrayal a word that exists in business? perhaps not?
(Spellings are author's own)
Simon, if you're reading this please make yourself known?
Talking to Louise, interestingly Reed have so far decided not to comment ( at least, in their company name. ) I presume they're aware that this debate is happening?
Meanwhile, despite Simon's melodrama, the folly of not developing their own candidate engagement strategies could hit some of these agencies hard... I am pretty confident in saying that the consultancies we have the privilege to work will be mostly unaffected by this because they have invested to ensure they're not held hostage to Reed - or anyone else - by developing a range of traffic driving measures and candidate focussed websites. Will Reed-gate force Simon and his tribe to do the same?