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In a job market where competition for the best candidates has never been hotter, an ever-increasing number of employers are choosing to enlist recruitment agencies in the hunt for the best talent. More importantly, according to the REC’s latest figures, the majority who do so are more than happy with the results! Specifically, nearly 8/10 employers who choose a long-term recruitment partner are highly satisfied with their decision.
There are a host of reasons why different employers choose to use recruitment agencies and, moreover, why they often rate their experiences so highly. From time saved wading through candidate CVs to in-depth sector expertise and advice, the benefits of partnering with a recruitment agency are numerous. Moreover, as the REC’s figures show, when you form a long-term partnership with an agency you trust personally, these benefits are amplified tenfold. Having worked with many of our clients for a number of years, we at Prime can certainly testify to this!
Here are just a few of the ways using a recruitment agency can save you time and money:
1. You’ll gain access to a much wider range of candidates
With an extensive database of both active and passive candidates, a well-connected recruitment agency can be a goldmine. A good recruiter should have an extensive network of temporary and permanent-contract seeking candidates to draw upon, across a variety of skill levels. In a time when candidates have more choice than ever thanks to the UK’s extremely low unemployment rate, the value of this resource cannot be underestimated.
2. You can leave the CV research to a seasoned professional!
Tired of sifting through CV after CV? Leave it to the veterans! When you’re faced with a task as significant as finding your next employee, it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to rush things. That said, there are only so many hours in the day and even in the current skills-shortage, CV-scouring can be a time consuming task. To save time, why not leave it to an experienced recruiter? With greater resources, time and sourcing experience at their fingertips, many employers find it expedient to leave the lengthy business of CV-searching to an agency.
3. Keep your candidate communication top-notch
If you’re interviewing in multiple stages, it can be handy to have an extra pair of hands when it comes to managing applicant communication. From scheduling interview times to providing high quality feedback, liaising with candidates can be a sensitive matter. When you partner with an agency, this aspect of the recruitment process can be left to the recruiters.
4. Benefit from your recruiter’s expertise in their sector
A good recruitment consultant will have an in-depth knowledge of and passion for their sector. Having worked with multiple businesses recruiting similar roles, they will be uniquely positioned to advise you on any questions you might have about your next hire. Whether you’re concerned about salary benchmarking or skills requirements, an experienced recruitment partner will be able to answer any questions you might have. Moreover, they will have developed the ability to read between the lines of a CV and pick out the exact skill set that will be perfect for your role.
Why partner with prime?
We frequently rank as the highest-rated agency in the local area on Google reviews, thanks to our consultants’ dedication to providing an excellent candidate experience. Our good reputation has enabled us to build up an extensive network of candidates throughout Essex and Suffolk. This means our clients can be confident that when they partner with us, they’re gaining access to a wealth of talent.
We don’t believe in setting arbitrary CV targets for our recruiters, so they have no incentive to bombard you with applications! We prioritize quality over quantity. Our recruiters are trained in the best practices of candidate resourcing and will ensure you only get the CVs you really want to see.
As well as co-ordinating permanent interviews, we commit to pre-interviewing all of our temporary candidates. Whether it’s for an office-based, industrial or care-oriented role, we will always pre-screen, no matter how short notice. This way you can rest assured your next temporary hire will be a great fit for your team.
In addition to pre-screening, we research 3 years’ of work history reference checks for all of our temporary candidates (5 years for care!). We’ll also make certain we’ve seen and validated proof of ID and NI number. No more compliance woes!
We’re in it for the long-run. Many of our clients have been with us since the early days of 1992 because we commit to providing them with a truly bespoke service that’s tailored to their needs. As an approachable, family-run company, our door is always open to clients old and new, who we go out of our way to keep in touch with. We stay abreast of any changes in their industry which may impact staffing needs and ultimately do our utmost to nurture long-standing partnerships. We value the personal touch and view our clients, candidates and consultants as individuals. In an industry where staff turnover is often high, many of our team members have been with us for over a decade, for this precise reason. This in turn leads to a better quality of service for our clients. With consistent service, our team are quickly able to streamline the process of meeting our client’s individual needs, as they continue to work in partnership together.
Ultimately, the most important advantage using a recruitment agency will give you is in the quality of your next hire. You’ll dramatically increase the quantity of candidates to choose from and the quality of your candidate selection process. Whilst leaving the resourcing in the hands of an experienced recruiter, you’ll also gain valuable time to invest however you choose. And after all, time is money! All in all, the REC’s news of long-term agency-partners’ high satisfaction rate comes as no surprise. Having seen this first-hand, we can verify the benefits to use of time, efficiency of process and quality of hire that using a recruitment agency can bring.
If you’d like to discuss your upcoming hiring needs, we’d love to hear from you. Please call us on 01376502999 .