The Value of a Staffing Agency: The Top 5 Cost Benefits
When I sat down to brainstorm the top benefits of using a staffing agency, I could only think of one that really mattered — COST SAVINGS. If a service does not make sense for a company financially, then it is highly unlikely that company will see the value in that service. When it comes to recruiting, “cost” can come in several different forms. From the obvious of job ads, screenings, and payroll, to the time-related costs of reviewing applicants and conducting interviews. That’s where the benefit of a staffing company really shines. We can help you reduce those costs by taking responsibility for employee pay, recruiting fees, screening, background, drug testing, payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, and worker’s compensation insurance.
Here is our list of the top five cost benefits of working with this Baltimore employment agency.
Our services are customizable, meaning that we provide several solutions to best support your staffing needs. We can be the headhunter who identifies the talent that can become your next direct hire. We offer temp-to-perm solutions that allows you to test an employee’s fit before making the official offer. If you have a short-term need, such as an employee out on medical leave or an influx in business, we can supplement your workforce with expert support. Lastly, Kennedy can remove the headache of payroll compliance, deadlines, and accountability through our payroll services. Our flexibility allows companies to save money by hiring the employee they want in the cost-effective way that’s most efficient for them.
Professional Tool Access
This benefit gives companies access to cutting edge tools without breaking the bank. A posting on Monster or Zip Recruiter will easily run you $249, and there is no guarantee you’ll find the right applicant or get any applicants at all! I would say that no more than 20 percent of applicants are qualified. A pay-per-click model like Indeed would have you paying for an abundance of candidates that have no value to your specific need. Staffing companies have access to tools that help you find the best candidate for your role. We have contracts with the top job boards and search engines, and I like to joke that our tools are really another team member. They don’t chat much in the breakroom, but they’re incredibly intelligent and know the ins and outs of hiring. That leads us to the next benefit, talent pool access.
Talent Pool Access
In addition to job board applicants, our applicant tracking system’s talent pool consists of over 60,000 candidates. That means before you even have a need, we have a database of candidates ready for you to review. The exclusive access to our database gives you a head start and saves you precious time filling your essential role.
A staffing company can also open up a company’s access to top-tier talent to fulfill a temporary need. Most candidates are looking for growth opportunities, and a temporary position does not match that criteria. However, staffing companies are better at connecting you with the best employees because they can offer additional opportunities after the temporary role is completed. Driven candidates view these positions as opportunities to build their resume and references, and feel confident that recruiters will work hard to keep them gainfully employed.
For companies without a strong HR department, adding in immediate hiring needs puts added stress on the desk of someone that most likely already has a full workload. You are paying yourself to do these tasks and taking away from the profitability of your business. Ask yourself: is your time best spent on administrative tasks like posting ads and reviewing the resumes of the 80 percent of applicants that are not a fit? Those tasks don’t even include the time robbers of contacting and scheduling candidates. Let’s be real — time is money. Save yourself the time and hassle and let a staffing company handle these tasks for you. Recruiters will do all the legwork and submit a shortlist of fully vetted candidates that match your position’s requirements.
This last benefit could be the most important. Many companies are unaware that staffing agencies can be used as a means to mitigate risk. The temp and temp to perm options can help protect your company from the expenses associated with new employees and employee turnover because the agency is actually responsible for the employee. That responsibility also includes unemployment insurance, and the Division of Unemployment Insurance suggests that that the range of rates is 0.3 percent to 7.5 (which is the pre-COVID range).
Another risk a staffing agency takes on is the worker’s compensation insurance. A workplace injury has a lasting impact outside of the individual injury. As insurance mods go up, profitability goes down. For short term roles or positions with high turnover rates, the risk of assuming these burdens does not outweigh the benefits.
We love what we do here at Kennedy Services, and these five cost benefits of utilizing a staffing agency demonstrate why you will love our solution, too. Our resources, relationships, and knowledge equal minimized stress, maximized success, and the freedom for you to do what you do best.
Matt Sarant is a proud member of the Kennedy Services family. Kennedy Services is one of Maryland’s oldest independent, woman-owned staffing services, located in the heart of Baltimore City. Kennedy Services continues to partner with businesses to support their growing staffing needs.