Companies that are in need urgent or seasonal workers oftentimes turn to staffing agencies. Staffing agencies are able to help fill the open positions. Those companies understand the benefits of using a staffing agency. They know that the staffing agency can save them time, resources, and provide the necessary expertise. Depending on the needs of the company, staffing agencies can provide services such as finding temporary workers, or providing candidates for temp-to-hire arrangements. Regardless of the employment type, there are certain advantages to employers’ use of staffing agencies, including expertise, cost, availability of workers and employee retention. Here are 6 benefits of using a staffing agency:
- Assistance with Applicant Screening
- Reach a Wider Network of Applicants
- Decrease in hiring costs
- Staffing firms have the time to find passive job seekers
- Knowledge of the Job Market
- Help with Company Branding
Depending on the size of the business, companies can receive hundreds of applications. A lot of these people may not be good matches for the role. Therefore lot of time will be invested in filtering, assessing, matching and communicating with them. Using a staffing agency will mean that you see only candidates who have been pre-selected These candidates will have matched all the criteria that you are looking for and who are worthy of consideration and interview. So instead of interviewing dozens and dozens of employees, you might only have to interview 4 or 5 potential candidates.
In reality some of the best candidates are the hardest to fine. Many staffing agencies have a database of employee and because of this database they able a variety of potential applicants. For some applicants, they chose to use a staffing agency over searching for employment themselves. Majority of the time, corporate recruiters are tied to one specific business. Just like businesses they want to maximize their time and find the right company for them.
Employees are employed by the staffing agency, not the business using their services. It in the long run it decreases the costs the businesses may spend on acquiring new employees. Costs will decrease for the business since they do not have to provide benefits to temporary employees, and they reduce overhead costs such as overtime for regular, full-time employees. Though the per hour cost may a bit more than the hourly cost of full-time employees, temporary employees can be used as little as necessary without being obligated to giving them a 40-hour work week.
Staffing agencies will have access to passive applicants and applicants that might not of been reached by the job posting. By searching for both active and passive candidates, they have access to more qualified applicants in comparison to businesses. Experienced, passive candidates know they can go to staffing firms for information regarding new opportunities. Persuading people that are not searching for another job involves more energy than recruiting people that want to leave their current job.
By being a staffing agency, they will have a better understanding of the current job market. Their finger is always on the pulse. A staffing agency has a better understanding of where to find employees and how to reach out to them.
This is extremely important especially for smaller companies and businesses that might not have the funds to spend on marketing and advertising. Staffing agencies can communicate to potential employees’ insights on the business. If you decide to use a staffing agency it is to your advantage to let them spend time getting to know you and your business, then they should be able to represent you as an employer of choice.