Why Use a Recruitment Agency?

Recruitment can be a frustrating and time-consuming exercise. How do you search for staff to fill your permanent or short term vacancies?

Do you spend hours designing and writing an advertisement, then spend hundreds, maybe thousands of pounds advertising in local papers?

This is one way to find new staff, but what if it doesn’t yield the right kind of candidates? You may have to re-advertise week after week, spending much more money than you had budgeted for.

You will almost certainly receive many CV’s in response to any advert placed, but a high percentage of applicants will not have the experience or qualifications you require.

Sorting through CV’s and replying to all of the respondents is a long process, taking up valuable time.

A recruitment agency saves you time, and can save you money

Using a recruitment agency is not just far easier than going through the laborious process of doing it yourself, it usually costs around the same, or even less.

Here are some honest estimates of the time it takes out of your busy schedule just to fill one vacancy – these times are minimums, often it will actually take longer:

1. Writing an advert – this process can take some time to think of the correct wording and the exact requirements necessary for the vacancy.

Time taken: 1 hour

2. Designing an advert – once you have decided on the wording and layout, you will need to design the actual advert including logos, telephone numbers etc. Different publications may offer different sizes of adverts in their situations vacant sections, this may mean designing two or three different sizes and layouts.

Time taken: 1 hour

3. Arranging for publication – this will include talking to the different newspapers, discussing prices and deadlines. You will then need to arrange for purchase orders or credit card payments.

Time taken: 1 hour

4. Sorting CV’s – As I mentioned earlier, you will receive many CV’s; some may fit your criteria, most will not. You will also receive many phone calls from candidates wishing to enquire about the vacancy. Candidates may also apply or call on a speculative basis. This can take longer than simply scanning through CV’s.

Time taken: 3 hours

5. Selecting a shortlist – Once you have a shortlist, you may want to talk to the candidates to make sure that they definitely meet your selection criteria, this could be an informal chat or a specially prepared telephone interview. After talking to these candidates, interview appointments to meet with the candidates will be arranged.

Time taken: 2 hours

6. Advising the unlucky ones – A good recruitment agency will advise those applicants who have not made it to the interview stage, though some organisations or agencies may not.

Time taken: 1 hour

This is generally the point when a recruitment agency would have completed most of their work and the customer takes over.

This is a total of a minimum of 10 hours of work – and probably more than this conservative estimate – just to get suitable candidates to your office for interviews.

This is 10 hours of your salary and overheads.

There are also further costs to bear in mind. Advertising, for example, can be very expensive and the results vary widely depending on which publication is used. You may have to advertise using newspapers, specialist magazines and Internet sites.

If, for example, your vacancy is in Milton Keynes, you may also want your advert to reach candidates in Bedford, Northampton, Leighton Buzzard and possibly Luton.

Adding up the time and money involved, you can see why many companies use recruitment agencies.

Call Aspire today on 01908 686644 to find out how much time and money we could save you.