As we all know these are difficult times for many firms. What I'm hearing from most Agency Recruiters I speak with on a daily basis is there simply aren't enough orders being generated by Sales to go around and they find themselves either "Cold Calling" or finding admin work to keep busy. There is nothing more dangerous than a Recruiter not working on a placement.
As for Stealing....If I put on my HR Hat; definitely. Anyone who uses Company resources (time, equipment, data) for non-business related activities or personal gain is stealing an asset of the company and should be terminated immediately and possibly prosecuted for theft. On the other hand....If I put on my Recruiter Hat; who developed all of the data in the database the Employer is calling theirs? Did the Recruiter sign away all of their rights to ownership as a condition of employment? Without the Recruiter(s) contributing their networks of Candidate and Client information would the Employer have a database to consider an asset? Who is stealing from whom?
Maybe instead of discouraging a Recruiter from finding alternative ways to make placements and generate income, perhaps Agency Employers should figure out a way to get their "fair" share of the commissions paid based on the resources used. Just something to consider............
As far as I can tell - Bountyjobs is such a joke I find it nearly impossible to picture anyone actually getting something done - let alone after hours. I've heard many MANY stories of recruiters spending weeks and months of their prime business hours and getting absolutely nowhere.
I would venture to say the "client" was most likely aware that something shady was going on. Then again many/most of BJ's clients are signed up to screw the agencies anyways....so finding a client who didn't mind working on the dark side was probably quite easy.