Three years ago, I navigated the twisty roads of Haverfordwest on my way to meet the team at Gorilla ERP. They’d contacted me to ask about refreshing their website. It was a great project and it went so well we’ve been working together ever since.

One of the first things that struck me about Gorilla ERP was how far from the tired old stereotype of a recruiting agency they were. In this bright office in a small town in rural Wales was a cheerful team of dedicated professionals, passionate about their jobs and committed to making a positive social impact too.

So, why does recruiting get a bad rep?

A quick survey showed that myths such as “brash” and “looking to make money rather than finding the best candidate” were linked to the recruitment industry.

But here’s the facts

The recruitment industry directly contributes billions to the UK economy each year. This contribution is crucial in helping the economy recover from the pandemic.

 On top of this, recruitment agencies are helping nearly 1 million people into temporary work every day and that’s over and above the people they’ve helped find a permanent role.

A balanced view

Of course, in any industry, you’ll find some bad examples. That’s why we’ve introduced groundbreaking schemes like the #gorillaguarantee where we’ll pay for a consultant’s time if our client feels that they have not met the brief.

The new wave of recruiters

Outside of candidate selection there’s a new wave of recruitment agencies who are leading the way in making positive societal impact.

Here’s some of the ways we try to make a difference:

  • We’ve committed to a plastic free office and as #teamgorilla operates on 99% caffeine we also invested in some swanky Gorilla ERP reusable cups.
  • We’ve moved our office into a community hub and helped to bring a disused grade ll listed building back to life.
  • Proudly launched Gorilla Gives Back to help disadvantaged young people gain the skills and experience they need for a career in ERP.
  • Offset travel by using specialist schemes.

And it’s not just us. In Cardiff, Yolk Recruitment plant a tree for every person they place and further afield nu creative talent agency raise funds for charities like Children’s Hospices across London (CHaL)

With all this in mind should recruitment still have a bad rep?