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Czech firms often use candidates from staffing firms as a comparator against their own employees to fill jobs internally, according to Vladimir Koci, co-founder of IT and telecom staffing firm R4U, in an interview to the Czech information website E15.
Asked about the current trends in the Czech job market, Koci answers: “from our perspective as recruiters, our clients decision making process last longer than ever before. We may be working on providing candidates to fill a job for three to six months, and suddenly everything stops. More often than not, this means the client is giving the job to an internal candidate”. He adds: ”in essence, our clients tend to use the agency as a source of information to compare their internal candidates with the job market”.
For Koci, internal candidates are 90% more likely to win the job than candidates sent by staffing firms. Clients often argue that although the candidates sourced by staffing firms were indeed a little better than their own employees, their lack of knowledge of the company’s culture is the main reason why they don’t make the cut.
Finally, Koci indicated that jobs in the telecommunication sector were more at risk than any other as a result of the increased competition amongst phone companies. By contrast, the demand for IT professionals is still going strong, especially for candidates with business development experience.
To read the full interview in Czech, click here.