Hi all, first ever post after lurking for a while.
I have 15 years experience in technology in financial sector. I’ve been approached by an agency recruiter for an attractive job in a well-known IB.
Now I’ve also found the job independently on the bank’s job page.
Question: is there any advantage in applying via the agent or direct ? The salary range is quite wide but I want at the top of the range to reflect my skills.
If I go direct to IB they will have to pay no fee to the agency (on 100K job this might be 20K or more ?) so maybe then they are more flexible in negotiating my salary ?
On other side… the agent will be far more skilled at negotiating and could help my case upwards, better than I could myself ? And the agent may already have a relationshop established with the Bank/ line manager/HR.
At what point is the salary discussed usually ?
SO … Agent or Direct ?
Personal interest: I don’t like middle men like agents so if all things are equal I would keep him out.