It’s everywhere you look, from property programmes on the television to the latest housing index in the national press: there’s no denying that property is a thriving and lucrative business and the numbers back it up.

Figures by Companies House suggest that there are over 16,000 registered UK estate agents and what will come as no surprise, London has a highest number of estate agents per 100,000 residents. Stats from 2016 show that a new estate agent was opening, on average, every 1.6 days – meaning that the capital now has more estate agents than butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers.

But something’s changing! For once, it’s not just buyers and sellers who are on the move. More and more estate agents are trading their property jobs for a successful sales career in recruitment - with trainee recruitment consultant jobs proving highly attractive to second-jobbers. So why are estate agents packing up and moving from what is an incredibly popular and well-paid career?

Say goodbye to working weekends

The majority of estate agents need to be flexible enough to accommodate their client’s viewing requirements. This often means conducting property viewings during lunchtime, after work and at the weekend. For some, the flexibility suits their lifestyle but for many the weekend work quickly becomes tiring and interferes with social lives.

A good sales person in any sector knows you’ll always need to be driven and put in the extra hours but you’ll have your weekends, Bank Holidays and the festive season back to enjoy. After all, what’s the point of earning all that commission and boosting your bank balance if you can’t enjoy spending it?  

The benefits of working in recruiting jobs

Working in recruitment means working in the HR sector.  The big recruiters, such as Randstad, offer generous holiday allowances and highly attractive benefits packages. Eager to attract new sales talent to their trainee recruitment consultant roles, it’s not just about the traditional benefits such as pension and life assurance.

"it's no longer a secret that there's a lot of money to be made in recruitment"

There’s everything from subsidised gym membership, discounted mobile phones, holiday savings and discounts off your favourite high street retailers. It’s a great way to make your package go even further.

Transferable skills lead to big earnings

It’s no longer a secret that there’s a lot of money to be made in recruitment. Based on Payscale.com, the average UK recruiter earns just over £24,000. Although, with uncapped earning potential and a fast-flowing pipeline of clients and candidates, recruiters can make £40,000 plus a year with experience but there’s also huge earning potential from day one in recruitment.

A good estate agent is used to picking up the phone, has good listening and negotiation skills and knows how to build relationships and trust, which means they can hit the ground running in recruitment and reap the financial rewards.

If you’re looking to get your foot in the door, we have trainee recruitment consultant jobs available in London now!

You can find out about the world of work, what your role would look like and all the benefits that a career with a global recruiter brings. It’s also an ideal way to fast-track to a job offer as you’ll meet the people who can offer you an opportunity and kick-start your recruitment career.