Hiring a new member of staff is no easy task – whether a senior position or entry level, it can take months for the application process to come to fruition. On average, it costs £12,000 to replace an employee for SME’s and for larger businesses; it’s closer to £30,000. That’s a big chunk of change – so how do you reduce costs for your business while taking all the measures to hire the best person for the job?
That’s where we come in. Recruitment agencies fulfil that role, making your life easier by taking on the responsibility of recruiting a new member of staff, from going through CV’s with a fine tooth comb to securing job interviews.
And because hiring a new staff member is such an important task, you wouldn’t want to collaborate with any old company, right? That’s why it’s important to take the time to get to know a recruitment agency, to be able to decide if they are the right fit for your needs.
At Primo Associates we’ve worked with companies big and small to fill roles in industries such as construction and engineering, IT and tech, learning and development, business and finance, so we know how important these professional relationships are. Here are our tips on how to know which recruitment agency is right for you.
Start With The Basics
Think about the role – is it niche or generalist? Permanent or temporary? Does it involve travel? Is it a senior position or not? Make note of the potential challenges of the role, for example, relocation. Think about your benefits package and salary. Also work out whether you think your business ethos and the role suits a local, friendly recruitment agency who can offer easy communication, or a more international corporate company.
Research The Different Types Of Recruitment Agencies
First things first, narrow down the type of agency you want to partner with. There’s no point calling up the nearest agency that specialises in temp staff when you’re looking for a permanent addition to your team. These are the types of agencies to consider depending on your requirements:
- High street.
- Industry specialist.
- Executive search.
If you’re looking for a specific time of person with a niche background, then specialist recruitment agencies are the best.
Work Out How Much You Want To Spend
Recruiters take a fee for their work, and most charge on a percentage basis, once they have filled the role. This means that they take a fee of between 8% and up to 30% of the role salary depending on the seniority and nature of the position. But remember; don’t make your agency decision purely on a financial basis. It’s important that you can consider this recruitment agency a partner and that you can have an authentic connection and trust in them to find the right candidates.
One Word: Testimonials!
A great way to determine the effectiveness of an agency and to work out the kind of businesses they’ve partnered with before is to either ask for testimonials or look on their website or Google for reviews. You want both candidates and clients to have had a positive experience working with them. Reading or watching testimonials will give you a feel for the attitudes and priorities of an agency, and how they carry them out.
Are you looking for a chat about how we can fulfil your recruitment needs? Give us a call on 0141 212 5130. You can also keep up to date with our news, events and vacancies on on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.