Domestic recruitment is known more simply as job placement, it is when a company commissions a recruitment agency to train, screen or test some candidates’ aptitude for specific jobs that are specified by that said company. Companies usually use this practice to relieve their staff from the workload and save valuable time from having to recruit personnel using their own staff. Mostly on the surface the process is clear and simple but there is a dark side to domestic recruitment that employers need to be aware of.
Towards the end of last year Times Live website reported that Tanzania has suspended about a quarter of its recruitment agencies in a bid to crack down on human trafficking after complaints that girls sent as domestic servants to the Middle East were used as sex slaves and forced to work without pay. This is just one instance where human trafficking syndicates disguise as recruitment agencies. People who end up as victims of these syndicates are usually victims of not having done enough research about the agency in question. Highlighted in this post are other consequences of not researching your domestic recruitment agency before signing up.
Outsourcing has taken the shape of recruitment agencies in recent times except people end up being employed by the agency that was meant to place them at that said company. Those people end up working but the company pays the agency for the services provided by the people employed, a huge chunk of what they were meant to be paid ends up in the agency’s pockets – middleman tactics at their best. Some of these people are under the assumption that they are employees of the company until the day they need to file for leave at HR and everything changes. Not only are outsourced laborers commonly paid less than permanent employees, they also run the risk of losing their jobs at a moment’s notice and with little legal protection, as they don’t technically work for their employers at all.
Outsourcing processes and technologies outside direct organizational control inevitably increases the risk of fraud. The most common of all the pitfalls is the associated fraud that comes with people being unclear of who the employer is or what their job responsibilities are before signing on any agreements. This is a facet that is most visible from a company or government’s perspective. A fraudster disguised as a domestic recruiter can overcharge on a contract stating a hoax labor force that was probably outsourced illegally. In such instances organisations end up paying large sums of money or incompetence because the people doing the job either weren’t screened or weren’t trained properly.
- Underage Labor Practices and Human trafficking
Some severe consequences such as human trafficking and underage labor practices have surfaced where hoax agencies have a played a huge role in placing the victims in those situations without their knowledge until it was too late to turn back.
All of these pitfalls are totally avoidable in every form that they present themselves, the responsibility lies with the individual by doing adequate research on whether or not an agency is credible and is established upon ethical principles. One such agency is Recruit Easy, a leader and professional at domestic job placing.