Four independent hospitality recruitment consultants intend to set up an organisation to oversee better practice within the industry.
Neil Graham of Spayse recruitment specialists, is working with Gary King of Collins King & Associates, Miranda French of Troika and David Goldfarb of Blanco Goldfarb to launch The Federation of Hospitality Recruiters (FHR).
"When I first set up Spayse three and a half years ago, the reaction I received from potential hospitality clients was that recruitment companies are not providing them with the quality of employees they are seeking," said Graham.
"Our intention is to improve the reputation of the industry by adopting a recruiter's charter of fair practice."
The FHR will also create a central point for industry information and company cooperation, encourage new and existing consultants in good practices, and improve links and connections with like-minded companies.
News of the launch of the FHR comes a week after hotelier Hugh Osmond, owner of Rare Bird Hotels which operates the Great House in Sonning and the Swan at Streatley, announced that he was campaigning for a code of practice for hospitality recruitment agencies.
Osmond, best known as the founder of Punch Taverns and co-founder of Pizza Express, is taking a stance against what he terms "rogue" recruitment agencies, and is calling on industry stakeholders, such as the Institute of Recruiters and British Hospitality Association, to work together to draw up a code of conduct.