Thanks to a shrinking available talent pool and a tight IT staffing market, it’s become more expensive and harder to find professional IT staffing. On top of all this, hiring the wrong candidate can cost you dearly. According to Forbes, the average cost to bring in a new employee is $240,000, and it’s money you’ll have to spend again if you don’t hire the right person the first time (https://www.forbes.com/sites/falonfatemi/2016/09/28/the-true-cost-of-a-bad-hire-its-more-than-you-think/#13a3c7754aa4). This figure includes lost opportunities, projects you had to delay, new recruiting costs, and the dent the wrong person can put into your employees’ morale.
Therefore, it’s only natural to want to work with a staffing agency so you make the right choice the first time and don’t waste money. However, there are actually even more benefits to this hiring approach that you may not have even considered yet.
Save yourself time
One of the biggest unspoken advantages of using a staffing firm is the sheer amount of time you can save. Instead of wasting a month or more trying to find the right person, it may only take a few days or a week. Your HR staff doesn’t have to waste their time interviewing candidates who aren’t right for the job or your company; your staffing agency will do that for you.
There’s a lot of paperwork involved in the hiring process, and this is especially true with IT, when jobs may be short-term or contract-based. When you use an agency, they will handle this for you so you’re not doing the same thing over and over again while trying to find the person you need.
Gain access to a wider talent pool
Since professional IT staffing firms are always looking for new people, they have a bigger talent pool cultivated to access than your company currently does. This means they have potential candidates for your position already in their purview, unlike your HR department, which likely would have to start a search from scratch.
Benefit from the agency’s expertise
A staffing agency deals with hiring for specific IT positions all the time, more than your HR department does on average. This means they are on top of the current skill sets and experience needed for a particular position or staff. These are topics that won’t come up for your HR department until there is a vacancy or new project that requires skills your staff doesn’t have. The agency’s knowledge and experience will allow them to narrow their search to the right type of candidates more quickly than your company would be able to on its own.
Spending time, money and resources on a position-for-hire search can be a frustrating experience even when it does pan out in the form of a good hire. Save your company time, frustration and resources by working with a professional IT staffing agency today.