Pros & Cons of Recruitment Agencies

Posted by Emily Lennox on Mar 15, 2017 8:50:45 AM

In recruitment

There are three main options when it comes to your recruitment process: Job Board Advertising, Flat Fee Recruitment, and Recruitment Agencies. With everything in life, there are pros and cons for each, but in this blog you can find out a bit more about Recruitment Agencies.

What are Agencies?

Agencies are arguably the most traditional form of recruitment. You get a Recruitment Consultant to find the perfect candidate(s) for your role, and if that position is filled then you pay a fee (per candidate) of around 15%.

Both permanent and temporary roles can be filled through an agency, with some choosing to have a specific consultant who only works on temp jobs.

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The Pros:

One of the main advantages of using Recruitment Agencies to fill your vacancy is that Consultants tend to work in one specific field, making them much more knowledgeable about the kind of candidate they need to find for your role. This means that for a trickier role which is harder to fill, an Agency might be your best shot when it comes to filling it.

Another advantage is that Agencies will have a pool of candidates that are ready and waiting to hear about positions like yours, and your advertisement will be shown to these candidates before anyone else.

The Cons:

The main drawback of using Recruitment Agencies is the fact that it can get pretty costly, especially when hiring more than one candidate. The fee that you pay an agency has to be paid for every candidate hired, meaning that if you’re hiring more than one candidate your bank balance is going to notice. If an Agency doesn’t seem to fit your budget, Flat Fee Recruitment or Job Board Advertising are probably much more favourable solutions to your recruitment needs.

Similarly, if your role is fairly simple to fill – without the candidate needing very specific and hard to find qualifications/experience – it may not be worth spending lots of money using an Agency, when the candidates could be found via one of the other recruitment solutions. 

I hope that this blog post has helped to give you at least some idea of whether or not Recruitment Agencies are suitable for your recruitment needs. If you are still unsure and need a bit more advice, we are offering free recruitment consultations, where we can hear a bit more about your vacancy and can tell you the best way for you to fill it – no strings attached!


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