Can a recruitment agency continue to approach candidates that they have recently placed with an employer and charged a placement fee for?

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    "Can" they in what sense? I mean, yes - they "can" do anything. However, it's not a good practice, and many recruiting contracts are written such that the payment is only made after the employee has been employed for a certain period, to prevent this sort of thing. – dwizum Feb 11 at 16:02
  • Is it possible you're getting automated emails from recruiters about new jobs? Or are those you are getting clearly aimed at you specifically? – user34587 Feb 11 at 16:06
  • Thank you - I always thought that there was a code of ethics which prevented and recruiter from approaching previously placed empoyees with higher salaries etc within a period of time. – Gill Feb 11 at 16:09
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    I'm flagging this question as "unclear what you're asking" because there is no actual problem to be solved and the question is just a rant in disguise - "it's unethical for agencies to do that, am I right?". – EJoshuaS Feb 11 at 16:22
  • Sure, no problem here – Fattie Feb 11 at 16:59

Yes, getting placed doesn't necessarily remove you from their contact list.

You can always respond and tell them that you're no longer looking for further placements and ask them not to contact you again.

You may need to repeat this request, as people may forget to remove you from the list (or only remove you from one of many lists/databases).


Unless there is a specific clause in their contract with the employer preventing such approaches then yes they can.

They generally don't though - not so much because of ethics but because it's a really low return. People who have recently placed are generally unlikely to want to change again so soon, unless of course they are really unhappy with the new role in which case it's not really the recruiter's fault if they choose to move on.

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