Reasons to use a specialist recruitment agency
Perhaps an employee has announced they are retiring, a colleague has resigned unexpectedly, or suddenly you need extra staff for operational reasons. What are your options? If you have the time and resources you can try to hire yourself, or you may find it more effective to engage a recruitment agency to provide support for your business.
What benefit does using a recruitment agency provide?
Using a niche agency will give you access to consultants with a thorough understanding of the current job market, industry insights and local salaries. They can advise how best to advertise your opportunity to attract the right candidates and provide you with qualified talent. They will also have access to specialist job boards and are able to use their networks to target passive candidates who are not necessarily in the job market. They will take the time to understand your requirements and will only send you relevant applicants who are genuinely interested in your vacancy.
You can expect a fully confidential service when using an agency. You may not wish to openly advertise you are recruiting and your agency will act as a safe intermediary to ensure your opportunity is promoted with sensitivity.
A specialist agency will have knowledge of typical salaries within their given industry and can advise on current trends. They will be skilled at negotiating the potential minefield of offers, terms and contracts. Agreeing a remuneration package between both employer and employee will ensure salary expectations are met on both sides and will enable a smooth recruitment process.
Being short-staffed could have a detrimental impact on your business and you may not have the time to look for new personnel. An agency will take away the hassle out of trawling through CVs, candidate screening, background checking, arranging interviews and more. They may already have pre-screened candidates available for work and who can immediately fill an operational gap.
Utilising an agency can prove to be financially effective. Productivity levels may be affected if you have to take time out of your business to focus on recruitment. Refreshing your advert on job boards because you haven’t received any suitable responses can become a costly exercise. Once you have agreed a fee for recruitment, usually on a ‘no placement, no fee’ basis, the agency will carry the cost of advertising your vacancy on an ongoing basis and will actively work on your behalf to find your next staff member, allowing you to focus on your business.