I have developed a very poor opinion of IT recruitment agencies over the \nyears. My experiences have taught me that these so called 'professional \nconsultants' can be quite economical with the truth and employ some \npretty dubious tactics. There has always been the suspicion that some \nadvertise non-existent positions in order to built their candidate \ndatabases, but it is never possible to prove anything.\n\nI saw a position advertised by a Wellington agency on jobstuff yesterday \n(not there today), and it was pretty easy to deduce who the client was \nfrom the job description. It struck me as odd that this company would \nemploy the services of an agency, so I approached the company direct to \nfind out the story. It turned out the position was advertised in a \ncouple of newspapers last month and had already passed its closing date. \nApparently the agency had advertised the position speculatively on six \ndifferent web sites but had not been contracted by the employer.\n\nNow, even without the overwhelming response this company received from \nits newspaper advertising, there is no way they would have dealt with an \nagency - the cost would have been prohibitive. Consequently, no agency \nsubmitted candidate would have been considered for the position.\n\nThis raises two questions for me -\n\n1. Is this acceptable/ethical behaviour? (are agencies bound by any \nindustry code of practice?)\n\n2. What would the agency tell a candidate that went to the trouble of \napplying for this position?\n\nEven though the downturn in the IT industry has decimated these agencies \nin the last few years, it would seem that there are still a few bad eggs \nin the basket.