Have you Heard about the First Ever Recruitment Agency?September 9, 2020 2:21 pm
Have you heard about the first ever recruitment agency?
Gabbitas and Thring were founded in London in 1873. Established to recruit schoolmasters for private schools, they were an eccentric company finding jobs in schools for the likes of Evelyn Waugh, Edward Elgar and John Betjeman.
Grades didn’t matter, as long as you went to the right school and didn’t wear thick-rimmed glasses (the founder John Gabbitas assumed the wearer was dangerously left wing). It was good to like sport too – but if you liked it too much, that was a sign of a defective character.
And the recruitment process? There was a simple card coding system to assess a gentleman’s social status. They used the code in case the applicant saw it. They marked those least suitable on a card as ‘Good M & A’ – meaning good manner and appearance. Only those in the firm knew it really meant ‘impossible to place’. The highest accolade you could have was ‘Thorough Gent, Very Good M and A.
Thankfully, these methods no longer play a role in the recruitment industry. Although Gabbitas are still working in education today – but no longer as an employment agency. That’s probably a good thing.
So what do you think your Gabbitas and Thring card would say about you?
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