Typical career path within recruitment
Trainee recruiter ----> Recruitment consultant ---> Senior consultant --->Principle consultant or manager ---> Managing director ---> Director
As a trainee recruiter you can expect a basic salary between £18,0000- £20,000. You will earn commission from day one (how much, would depend on the company you work for); it is usually around 10%. The OTE (on target earnings), this is the total you will come home with including your base, is usually around £30,000 for your first year. This is realistic and achievable providing you put in the effort and hard work.
The first two years in recruitment are the most difficult, this is when you will spend most of your time building relationships, networking with people, understanding and researching your market/sector and finding the right method which works for you and suits your communication style. You are selling your services and you are selling people as your product, therefore you have to evolve a style of communication which works the most in your favour and for your sector.
Once you have established yourself within your market, you will have been given a pay rise, but by this point, the main bulk of your income will come from your commission as you will have grown competent in placing people in roles and billing money for the company, and therefore earning commission for yourself on a more frequent basis. By your third year in recruitment your earnings should be a minimum of £38,000 and can potentially increase to £70,000.