Would you like to have a consistent, reliable source for finding qualified new employees for your company while saving time and money? If so, you need to work with a staffing agency; this is the easiest way to find qualified candidates.
Let’s face it, relying on classified ads to attract new employees can be time-consuming and expensive. Most good job boards charge a fee, and even when you acquire new candidates it’s hard to gauge the value of your return. Not everyone will be truly qualified, and there’s nobody to vet your candidates before you interact with them.
A staffing agency, on the other hand, will be the middleman between you and your potential employees, and will match you with potential workers who have already been screened for qualifications.
Here are the main benefits of working with a staffing agency:
A staffing agency removes the need to sift through applications and conduct initial interviews. They’ll do everything for you. This will give you more of time to focus on what’s important to your business, without sacrificing your ability to obtain qualified workers.
You’ll pay a fee for using a staffing agency, but you’ll get higher quality candidates who are already screened for their qualifications. If you have any open positions, you’re more likely to fill them with the right person when that person comes from a staffing agency.
Although staffing agencies are extremely helpful, they’re not right for every business. If you need a stronger hiring strategy, here’s what you need to know about staffing agencies.
A staffing agency recruits talent and works on an employer’s behalf to fill open positions with qualified candidates. Here’s how the process generally works:
When an employer needs staff, they contact the appropriate staffing agency to request candidates that match a specific set of criteria. For example, you might say you need five candidates, describe the job duties and pay for each position, and how quickly you need the workers.
Once the agency has enough information, they’ll either choose an existing employee who fits or they’ll create an ad for the job(s) and advertise those openings for your business. Sometimes, agencies will reach out directly to qualified candidates they already know.
When the staffing agency received applications for your open position(s), they’ll vet each one for qualifications. When they find qualified candidates, they’ll start the interview process and send the best match to your hiring manager for a final interview.
When a candidate makes it to your hiring manager, they’ve already been rigorously vetted by the staffing agency. However, it’s up to your business to make the final decision on whether or not you want to hire them. The benefit here is that you’ll only interview pre-qualified candidates, which makes the decision process much easier. You’re also far less likely to waste time on unqualified individuals.
Part of the hiring process requires getting new hires to sign employment contracts, NDAs, and fill out tax forms. When you work with a staffing agency, they’ll handle all of these tasks for you, including additional payroll tasks.
There are key differences between hiring staff yourself and using a staffing agency. In addition to the agency doing all the legwork to find qualified candidates, they’ll also perform background checks and issue the worker’s paycheck and benefits. You’ll still be their employer, but the agency will take on most responsibilities.
You can expect to pay a staffing agency between 25% and 100% of an employee’s wages. For example, if you agree to pay a 50% markup, and your newly acquired employee earns $20 per hour, you’ll pay the staffing agency $30 for every hour they work.
As you can see, the cost of using a staffing agency means it isn’t necessarily for everyone. Most of the time, a staffing agency is best suited for medium to large businesses where filling positions is crucial to maintaining operations. It may not make sense for smaller businesses to use an agency unless there is an urgent need to fill a critical position.
Should you hire a staffing agency? Here are several reasons to go for it:
A staffing agency will help you fill your open positions quickly and you won’t have to do the hardest part of the process.
Working with a staffing agency makes the hiring process flexible. You can hire workers in a way that works perfectly with your business needs.
When acquiring temporary workers, the staffing agency is considered the employer for legal purposes. This means you’ll take on far less risk than you would if you hired employees on your own.
You might be wondering if online hiring platforms, like Upwork or Freelancer.com are worth considering. While you can find workers through these websites, you’ll need to be careful about how you classify them. Most of the people on these sites will be working as independent contractors, but that doesn’t mean they’ll automatically be an independent contractor when they work for your company.
Independent contractor and employee statuses are determined by the nature of the job and there are consequences for misclassification. To avoid any problems, you’ll need to make sure you don’t misclassify employees as independent contractors.
If you take on remote workers who are considered employees under the law, that’s where things can get a little difficult. You’re required to treat fully remote employees as any other employee, which means paying the appropriate payroll taxes, providing certain benefits, sick pay, vacation pay, and more. If you’re going to use online on-demand hiring platforms, speak with an attorney before you actually hire someone as an independent contractor.
If you’re new to staffing agencies, you might be wondering about some of the following points. There are many misconceptions about staffing agencies, so here’s what you need to know.
Most businesses see the fees associated with using a staffing agency and think it’s too expensive. Wouldn’t it make more sense to just hire someone yourself? The truth is, even though there’s a fee, you’ll save more money in the long run, but those savings won’t always be direct. For example, you lose money to lost productivity every day you have unfilled positions. Decreasing the time it takes to hire someone will decrease productivity loss.
You also lose money when you have to spend your time sifting through applications and conducting interviews. When a staffing agency does this work for you, you can allocate your energy and time for more important matters.
Another misunderstanding is that employees who come from staffing agencies aren’t that great because they couldn’t get a job elsewhere. In truth, many temporary employees are overqualified for their positions. Temporary workers often remain temps because they like the flexibility, they’re trying to break into a new industry, or they like changing up their work routine. It’s not uncommon for people with an MBA to land entry-level positions just for the experience.
When you need qualified candidates, you don’t have time to waste. Our staffing services will help you get the right people to fill your open roles, regardless of your industry.
We take pride in our ability to provide high-quality, vetted candidates with verified credentials. When you work with us, we’ll build a custom plan for reaching your staffing goals, whether you need one employee or fifty. Whatever your priorities are, we’ll make them our priorities, too.
If you have open roles, you’re losing productivity and revenue, but it’s not always easy to fill those roles with the right people.
Filling open positions with the right candidates doesn’t have to be a time-consuming, difficult process. Request a free consultation to learn more about how we can connect you with your ideal candidates.