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Old 28-03-2020, 03:49 PM
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Default Recruitment Agency hounding me for money after I changed my mind about a job offer.

First off, let me be clear in admitting that I am an idiot. Yes, I should have been more anal when I was signing documents and asked a lot of questions. I am currently working a job with a low pay, and recently had the opportunity to go for a job interview for a much higher pay. I was so happy when I got the offer and so I accepted, but then due to various reasons, I changed my mind.

Now, the agency is asking me for money (1 month plus worth of offer) as compensation for changing my mind. Because, the second I verbally agreed to the offer, I cannot change my mind without being penalised. I am considered to be in breach of an agreement to service (failure to commence). This is bad for me as the offer is a big jump from my current pay. I am living paycheck to paycheck and simply can't afford to pay the amount they are asking for.

I have since offered to work at the company since my date of commence is still awhile away. The agency wants to talk to me on the phone but at this point I rather everything be in written form where it can be recorded.

I've seen some people post here about being summoned to Small Claims Tribunal court but not much have shared the outcome.

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Old 28-03-2020, 04:08 PM
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There's something about recruitment agencies. For both candidates and hiring companies, seems they are quite money minded.

No empathy. But I guess they are sales organizations at the end of the day, candidates' and companies' satisfaction is very low on the list. All agencies claim to be the best anyway.

But it's a good thing you're trying to get everything written, talking to them when they're demanding money is the same as talking to debt collectors. Maybe less than stellar advice, I'd just hold my ground, don't pay out of fear. It's preferable to get into official litigation vs. feeling so shitty abt ppl hounding you. At least you'll know the lawful outcome and then work things out.

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Old 28-03-2020, 04:12 PM
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If its purely verbal offer you can rescind as there is no official agreement. Recruitment agencies are damn cb in giving false threats

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