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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

REC's advice to job seekers on fraudulent adverts for job roles

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) is the professional body which represents recruitment businesses in the UK.  We are based in London in the UK.

Any job that we offer at the REC will appear on our own website or with a recruitment business that is one of our members. You can check recruitment businesses are members of the REC via our REC member directory.

We will never apply any direct or indirect charges in relation to any job application. Recruitment businesses in the UK are not permitted to make any charge to applicants either directly or indirectly to find work and they are not permitted to seek any fees from candidates for jobs at the REC.

We are aware that there are fraudulent adverts for job roles being placed in some countries for candidates looking for work in the UK for roles with or associated with the REC. These jobs are often for domestic work – with candidates being asked to pay different fees to apply for the job or for checks and references to be carried out.

These roles have no connection with the REC. If you see any such roles, please do not respond and do not make any payment.

If you have any questions about vacancies at the REC please contact us at

To give yourself the best chance of finding the right role when working with a recruiter, we recommend that you:

Give as much information as possible upfront about the kind of role you're looking for. Expect to be asked about the type of organisation you want to work for, how far you're willing to travel and your salary expectations.

Make sure your CV is accurate and up-to-date. This will save you a lot of time in the end! Your recruiter can give advice on how to improve your CV, based on what they know their clients are looking for.

Be proactive! It's not enough to register with an agency and expect work to follow. Keep in regular contact with your recruiter to stay top of their mind.

Being a member of the REC means being amongst the best.

Representing a network of more than 3,300 recruitment businesses and 10,500 individual recruiters gives us a unique insight into what good looks like in the UK recruitment industry.