The American Staffing Association reports there are 25,000 staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions companies in 49,000 locations around the U.S. The industry is responsible for more finding jobs for more than 16 million people each year. These firms partner with employers to help streamline their hiring processes, and it’s clear they’re doing a great job. But if you’ve never leveraged one of these firms, you may be unaware of some of the benefits they bring to the table. This article will share 10 benefits of working with a staffing agency.
1. Provide industry-specific insider expertise.
If you’re looking for technical talent or a special set of industry skills, most staffing agencies specialize in one or a few specific types of workers. The benefits are that the recruiters already understand the market and the job. Many times, the staffing firm spent years building networks in a particular industry, and the companies they work with reap the benefit of their expertise.
2. Streamline hiring and make it more efficient.
Most staffing firms use sophisticated automation software to ensure you get the biggest bang for your buck. But they also have robust networks that they can mine in order to find candidates faster.
3. Big networks mean faster hires.
It’s hard to believe that a few short months ago, there weren’t enough candidates to go around. It’s during these lean months that a staffing agency’s network comes in handy. Recruiting teams work hard on their networks all the time, which means when you have an opening, they already know someone who could fit.
4. Additional resources for your company.
Many staffing firms offer training to their registered candidates, which increases the skill level of their candidates. They can also help you with temp workers so your team can staff up quickly during unexpected peaks in demand or if you need specific skills that you don’t have in-house.
5. You have options.
Whether you need long-term contract consultants, specialized skills, temp workers, temp-to-permanent, or permanent, staffing agencies free up your hiring options.
6. Add resources without FTEs.
Instead of adding a recruiter to your internal HR team, a staffing firm is there to become your right arm when you need the help. You can pay for this resource when you need it, and scale quickly as demands change.
7. Guaranteed ROI.
If you hire an FT recruiter there is always a learning curve. Staffing agencies made up of professional recruiters can hit the ground running. Since these professionals are paid to place the right person quickly, you’ll experience superior on-the-job performance and guaranteed ROI.
8. Understands regulatory rules.
Staffing agencies are up-to-date on all of the latest regulatory rules that impact hiring. From the latest H1-B travel restrictions to contract regulations for temporary workers, the recruiters in staffing firms understand the regulatory environment and help you stay compliant.
9. Always on the lookout for you.
Even when staffing agencies are not working directly for you, don’t be surprised to hear from them periodically as more candidates arise that might be a fit. Staffing agencies never stop networking and can run across the perfect candidate even when you can’t.
10. Lowered costs.
Partnering with a staffing agency can lower hiring costs. Employers can save on pre-employment testing or even payroll processing. They can also save by using temp workers over traditional FTEs.
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