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Employment agency

Commonly known as a recruitment agency, an organisation involved in "providing services (whether by the provision of information or otherwise) for the purpose of finding workers employment with¬†employers¬†or of supplying employers with workers for employment by them" (section 13(2), Employment Agencies Act 1973). This definition applies to a wide range of agencies, from the familiar recruitment agency, through a range of specialist agencies to entertainment and modelling agents, the executive selection functions of management consultants and executive search consultants. It is a distinct concept from that of an employment business, but the term "employment agency" is sometimes used in common parlance to refer to both types of organisation.