Recruitment Resourcer

The role of a Resourcer is to find suitable candidates for a client’s job vacancies; either by supporting Recruitment Consultants on individual roles, or working with other Resourcers on larger contracts.

The main difference between a Resourcer and a Recruitment Consultant is that the consultants also are required to win and retain new clients.

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Recruitment Resourcer Job Description

What does the job involve?

The primary responsibility of a Resourcer is to support Recruitment Consultants / Account Managers to attract and retain candidates (job-seekers) for clients.

recruitment resourcer job description - careers at reedTypical day-to-day activities might include:

  • Writing job adverts and posting them online (job-boards, social media etc.)
  • Using CV / candidate databases to find suitable candidates relevant to your team’s recruitment specialisms and live vacancies
  • Calling candidates / applicants to screen them for suitability to roles (current or upcoming)
  • Maintaining regular contact with candidates to check their availability for work, their requirements, and to answer any initial questions they may have about a role


Depending on the team or contract you are working on, a Resourcer may also have regular contact with a client / employer themselves – especially if working as a Resourcer or Account Executive on a specific contract (as anyone working at Reed Talent Solutions might, for example).

To be a successful Resourcer you will need to have excellent communication and organisational skills.


For more detail on the role, download a full job description (pdf) here: Resourcer Job Description.

How much does a Recruitment Resourcer earn?

Typical industry salaries for a Resourcer start between £15,000 – £18,000.

The exact amount will vary according to experience, bonus schemes and business size, amongst other things.


For example, Reed Specialist Recruitment is a large recruitment agency with a huge variety of offices, clients and contract types. Some Resourcer roles will require more experience than others, especially when working with demanding clients on large-volume recruitment projects; while other roles will be suitable for individuals new to recruitment. Basic salaries start in the range of £18,000 – £25,000, with most roles having performance-related bonus payments on top.

Anyone new to recruitment / resourcing at REED will most likely also be enrolled on our Apprenticeship Programme, meaning you gain industry qualifications and salary increases based on key checkpoints.

What qualifications do you need to become a Resourcer?

There are no specific prerequisites for becoming a Resourcer or for starting out in most recruitment roles.

Most employers will likely require certain GCSE / A-Level grades or equivalent, and certain entry programmes may require other qualifications (e.g. a degree for a Recruitment Graduate Scheme, like the one at REED).

Most organisations will offer job training for new starters, and may even provide opportunities to gain qualifications, such as the Recruitment Resourcer Level 2 (apprenticeship).

What's the difference between a Recruitment Resourcer and a Researcher?

Difference between a resourcer and researcher - Recruitment careers at REED

A recruitment resourcing job may come under a number of names depending on the business, team and specific responsibilities of the role. Always make sure to read the job description / job advert to help determine what the role entails.

For example, at Reed Specialist Recruitment we do not have Resourcer roles in our global (non-UK) offices. Instead, we have similar roles under the job title of Researcher, as the role may involve supporting colleagues with researching specific markets as well as available candidates in that specialism.

Other names for similar roles may include titles such as Recruitment Administrator or Sourcing Specialist.

Working as a Resourcer in Reed Specialist Recruitment means you’ll have all the support you need to succeed from day one, including:

  • Industry-leading training at the Reed Business School, on the job, and online
  • The chance to complete Apprenticeship / Recruitment qualifications
  • Access to one of the UK’s largest CV databases, through

Becoming part of Life at REED means you are supporting our co-members, clients and candidates in achieving outcomes that directly impact our company purpose of improving lives through work.

What does the application process involve?

Applying for any Recruitment Resourcer role will likely involve

  • Submitting a CV and cover letter / application
  • A telephone interview
  • A face-to-face interview


For roles with Reed Specialist Recruitment you will need to complete an online application form, with an attached CV for any suitable Resourcer vacancies you find below / on this website. A member of the Talent Acquisition team will then assess your application and will inform you whether or not your application has met our requirements for that role.

If successful, you will be progressed to telephone interview with your Talent Acquisition consultant where they will explore in more detail about your work history, experience, understanding of the role, and your reasons for applying.

The final stage for those who pass telephone interview stage will be to have a face-to-face interview with the management at your chosen office location, who will determine if you could be a great fit for their team.

Advice / Tips when applying to Recruitment / Resourcer jobs

Before applying to any new and unfamiliar job, make sure to research what the job involves, what skills you will need, and how the role fits in with the needs of the business as a whole. 


resilience is important in recruitment Resourcers play a key role in engaging candidates / job-seekers to be placed with client businesses. This is how a recruitment agency makes its money – by charging fees for placements or long-term contracts. So when applying for roles in recruitment companies, interviewers will be looking to see if you are commercially aware and do not focus purely on the ‘helping people get jobs’ aspect of the position.

The recruitment industry as a whole is renowned for being competitive and most teams will have strict targets and budgets to meet, with everyone expected to contribute through perseverance, adapting to change, and supporting each other to hit goals.

Resilience is often cited as a key attribute an individual needs to be successful in recruitment, as there will be days where you are behind on targets and/or nobody you call is picking up the phone. Maintaining a positive and determined attitude to succeed through these moments is vital. When applying / interviewing for roles in recruitment it is therefore a good idea to think of examples of times you have demonstrated resilience (ideally in a work or team situation).




Offices for Reed Specialist Recruitment can be found throughout the UK, Europe and South Korea. Use the menu above to find your nearest location, or browse our live vacancies below.


Career Progression

Our Career Development Framework and bonus structure are based on results, meaning you’re in control of your career. Many of our Resourcers choose to move on to Consultant, Manager and other roles for ways to grow their skillset and careers at REED.


Learning & Development

Expect world-class training at our Business School in the Cotswolds and where you work as you work towards industry qualifications. Those eligible will be enrolled on our Apprenticeship Programme – the first of its kind to be delivered in England.

Resourcer Jobs / Current Vacancies

Talent Delivery Specialist

Department: Talent Acquisition Centres
Location: Bristol
Role Type: Permanent
Salary: £20000 - £24000

Talent Delivery Specialist

Location: Bristol

Salary: £20,000 – £24,000pa 

Full time, permanent 

As a Talent Delivery Specialist you will work specifically with the Reed Secure specialist brand managing a client and the candidate attraction side to recruitment. We are ideally looking for someone with strong experience in a recruitment environment, however there is no sales or business development involved and you will only be servicing outsourced recruitment contracts. The role covers a multitude of sectors including Defence, Aerospace, Nuclear, Aviation, Cyber Security, Central Government, Intelligence and Policing, identifying opportunities to assist in the recruitment of Security Cleared professionals across the UK.

Education Compliance Specialist

Department: Further Education
Location: Croydon
Role Type: Permanent
Salary: £17775 - £18500

REED are looking for an Education Compliance Specialist to join the Team in Croydon

Salary: £17,775 to £18,500 (experience dependant)

Role Type: Permanent/Full Time


Department: Reed Health & Care
Location: Edinburgh
Role Type: Permanent
Salary: £19500 - £20000

REED are looking for a Resourcer to join the Team in Edinburgh

Salary: £19,500 to £20,000 (experience dependant)

Role Type: Permanent/Full Time


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