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Old Jul 2nd 2018, 11:05 am
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A governmental department in Canberra has an IT job been advertised visa several agents
I was contacted by one agent and they asked to represent me and i agreed
few days later another agent contacted me with significant difference in the salary

I contacted the first agent and asked to match the 2nd offer
what they told me is that they submitted my application to the government already and they cannot withdraw or change the application.
while the 2nd agent told me that the first agent can withdraw my application and i can re-submit my application through the 2nd agent.

not sure which one is right,

Shall I just accept much lower salary than I can get and just stay with the 1st agent,
or can I ask to withrdraw my application and go with the 2nd agent??
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Old Jul 2nd 2018, 11:17 am
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Default Re: Recruiting Agency Withdrawing Application

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Hi
A governmental department in Canberra has an IT job been advertised visa several agents
I was contacted by one agent and they asked to represent me and i agreed
few days later another agent contacted me with significant difference in the salary

I contacted the first agent and asked to match the 2nd offer
what they told me is that they submitted my application to the government already and they cannot withdraw or change the application.
while the 2nd agent told me that the first agent can withdraw my application and i can re-submit my application through the 2nd agent.

not sure which one is right,

Shall I just accept much lower salary than I can get and just stay with the 1st agent,
or can I ask to withrdraw my application and go with the 2nd agent??
Sounds very dodgy - the position should pay a fixed amount or state a range (ie salary between $**** and $****), not fluctuate depending on which agent you use.

Did you sign a contract with the first agent? If so, what are the conditions covering this type of situation?
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Old Jul 2nd 2018, 11:20 am
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Sounds very dodgy - the position should pay a fixed amount, not fluctuate depending on which agent you use.

Did you sign a contract with the first agent? If so, what are the conditions covering this type of situation?
No contract yet
I was contacted by more than 5 different agents

apparently the government asks agents to send their best candidates and they select who ever they want..

thats common practice in government.

but not sure if the agent lowered my salary they may keep the difference in case they ask for more than i asked for.
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Old Jul 2nd 2018, 11:39 am
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No contract yet
I was contacted by more than 5 different agents

apparently the government asks agents to send their best candidates and they select who ever they want..

thats common practice in government.

but not sure if the agent lowered my salary they may keep the difference in case they ask for more than i asked for.
Maybe give Access Canberra a call, they're responsible for licencing employment agents. Even if they can't help, they should be able to tell you who can https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.a...ensing#!tabs-7
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No contract yet
I was contacted by more than 5 different agents

apparently the government asks agents to send their best candidates and they select who ever they want..

thats common practice in government.

but not sure if the agent lowered my salary they may keep the difference in case they ask for more than i asked for.
Is it a contract role? If so, you have hit the nail on the head here - the agency will be creaming off the difference. It sounds like it to me - as the agent would want a cut of the negotiated salary in their commission.

If it's a full time role, you will end up negotiating with the department anyway, so just go through the motions with the interview and references, and then negotiate upwards when the offer comes in.


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Default Re: Recruiting Agency Withdrawing Application

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Is it a contract role? If so, you have hit the nail on the head here - the agency will be creaming off the difference. It sounds like it to me - as the agent would want a cut of the negotiated salary in their commission.

If it's a full time role, you will end up negotiating with the department anyway, so just go through the motions with the interview and references, and then negotiate upwards when the offer comes in.


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It is contract

can I withdraw my application?
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It is contract

can I withdraw my application?
Of course you can. You're not a hostage!
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Of course you can. You're not a hostage!
What she said. You can do what you want!

Did you sign a contract? What does the contract say? I bet if you did, it doesn't say you can't walk away. Even if it did, of course you can walk away! Don't expect to have any relationship with the original agency however if you do. You were originally happy with the offer from the initial agency, so they may question why you would back out.
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