Why do recruitment consultants need insurance?
Missing a reference check
You run a lively recruitment agency and take great pride in the quality of your matches. However, in such a fast-paced environment, mistakes can be made. When your newest graduate recruiter recommends a candidate without completing thorough reference checks, this could cost more than just your pride. If a client takes you to court for an alleged mistake, professional indemnity insurance can assist with covering the cost of settling or defending a claim.
An office mishap
When a potential candidate visits your headquarters, they trip on a stray power cable trailing near your interview room and test centre. Unable to showcase their skills, the visitor leaves without being checked into your staffing system – but this may be the least of your concerns. When scans show the injury was more severe than anticipated and a claim is brought against you, public liability insurance can help to cover the cost of proceedings, including compensation.
Accidental data loss
The week begins with business as usual, but by Tuesday your systems have been locked by malicious software – and the hacker has stolen confidential data, too. As a recruitment consultant, you work with databases every day to process candidates and give your commercial partners informed advice. It’s the modern way, but it also leaves you vulnerable to cyber risks. Our cyber and data cover would support the cost of data recovery in such cases – acting fast, since we know your time is precious.
What cover is included in insurance for recruitment consultants?
These are just some of the types of business insurance for recruitment consultants that we can offer. We can provide other specific types of cover and build them into a policy that’s tailored to the exact needs of your business.Get your quote
Insurance for recruitment consultants FAQs
Does recruitment insurance cover candidates placed with clients?
There are two types of recruitment insurance – the version you select will determine whether cover applies to your business activities alone, or if it also covers your recruits’ work for clients.
Non-vicarious recruitment insurance does not cover candidates you’ve placed – it applies only to your business, its direct employees and activities.
This means employers’ liability insurance only covers claims from a recruitment agency’s own employees, and not the recruits it secures placements for. Likewise, non-vicarious professional indemnity insurance would not cover claims of negligence by staff your agency has placed with a client.
However, vicarious insurance also covers risks related to your casual staff, such as claims of negligence.
The best way to determine which cover is right for your recruitment business is to review client contracts. Some stipulate that recruiters are only responsible for finding and placing staff, while others say recruiters also take responsibility for candidates and their work.
What insurance do I need to start a recruitment agency?
The insurance you’ll need to start a recruitment agency depends largely upon how the business will operate. Asking yourself key questions may help to determine which covers you’ll need – for instance, does your plan involve a period of home working as the agency’s sole employee, or will you hire staff and require a workplace?
If you’ll employ staff, then taking out employers’ liability cover could be required by law – and you may find office insurance to be beneficial once you hire premises.
How much cover should a recruiter take out?
Recruitment businesses face differing levels of risk – some focus on small projects, while others provide staff to large employers and events across the UK.
Since the amount at stake may shape the scale of disputes, it might be a good idea to consider the size of your recruitment accounts when deciding how much professional indemnity cover to purchase.
The limit of cover you set helps to shape the cost of insurance. It is also the maximum amount you’ll be able to claim for legal fees, compensation pay-outs or repairs.
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