What Are Recruitment Agencies?

Posted by Emily Lennox on Feb 14, 2017 8:44:05 AM

If you’re looking for the right recruitment solution for you and you’re not sure exactly what recruitment agencies do, you are in luck as we have compiled all of the information you need to know. 

A Recruitment Agency is arguably the most traditional form of recruitment.  Recruitment Consultants will often specialise in one specific industry, and will be able to find relevant candidates to fill your role.

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Recruitment Agencies work with both companies and candidates.  Candidates will often sign up to agencies, and through this will get access to jobs which may not be advertised elsewhere.  This also means that Agencies have a pool of candidates at their fingertips, and can match up those candidates to your role.

Agencies will also often conduct pre-interviews with the candidates, getting to know them and be sure that they are relevant for the role before putting them in front of their client (you).  Also, they will do things like reference checks for you, ensuring that the candidate is as great as they claim to be.

Additionally, some Agencies will help you find both temporary and/or permanent staff, and if so will often have a specific Consultant who focuses on temp recruitment.

The Benefits

As stated before, Recruitment Consultants will often specialise in one specific industry.  This means that they know exactly what you are looking for, so can help you to fill your position with a really great candidate. 

Also, using an Agency can save you a lot of time.  We all know that the recruitment process can be extremely time consuming, so handing the majority of that task over to your chosen Agency can cut down the time you spend on recruiting.

The Drawbacks

While Recruitment Agencies can be great for your recruitment process, they can be extremely costly.  Agencies charge a commission fee, which is normally around 10-15%, and this fee is charged for every candidate hired. 

With the cost in mind, unless your role is particularly specialist you may not need to use an Agency in order to fill your role, and might find that Flat Fee Recruitment or Job Board Advertising works just as well, for far less money.

Also, when you aren’t selecting the candidates yourself it is harder to tell if they will fit into your company.  Therefore, the Agency would need a good idea of your company and its values, in order to find candidates who would be a good fit.

 

Hopefully after reading all of this information you have a good idea of whether or not Recruitment Agencies are a suitable recruitment solution for you.  If you are still unsure, we are now offering a FREE Consultation, where we can give you an idea of which recruitment solution is the one for you.

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