Recruiters Lost THIS Many Placements Due to a Client

Every year recruiters lose placements. They’re right there, within their grasp, and then . . . they’re gone. The reasons for these lost placements varies, of course, but clients are sometimes involved.

But how often are they involved? And how many placements are lost? We decided to “take to the streets” (not really) and find out the answers to these questions.

How, you ask? A poll question, of course:

How many times last year did you lose a placement because of a client?

The choice of answers that we provided is listed below, along with the percentage of Network recruiters that selected each one:

  • None — 17.8%
  • Between 1 and 3 — 63.3%
  • Between 4 and 6 — 14.4%
  • Between 7 and 9 — 2.2%
  • More than 9 times — 2.2%

Placement paradise lost

So, the carnage was not as bad as anticipated. Although even the loss of one placement during a calendar year could be considered “carnage” on the part of the recruiter who lost it. The “sweet spot” of our poll results appears to be “between 1 and 3.” That answer garnered 63.3% of the vote.

The good news for 17.8% of the Network recruiters participating in the poll is that they didn’t have any lost placements due to clients. Ah, but then there’s the other end of the spectrum, the 14.4% who chose “between 4 and 6” as their answer.

Can you imagine losing six placements in a year because of something one of your clients did (or did not do)? That’s one lost placement every other month. That’s disheartening, to say the least.

Then there were a few stragglers who lost “between 7 and 9 placements” and lost placements “more than 9 times” because of client antics. Both of those categories registered at 2.2%. Those are small percentages, to be sure, but the recruiters who had to endure such misery deserve our heartfelt sympathy.

These are the types of results that illustrate how recruiters have a love/hate relationship with their clients. They love them for the job orders and placements, but they hate them when they go “space cadet” and cost them a big, fat, juicy placement fee.

Here’s to another year of job orders, fat fees, and lost placements!

If you’d like to make more split placements in TE this year, then contact Top Echelon Director of Network Operations Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERS. You can do so by calling 330.455.1433, x156 or by sending an email to

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