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In today’s highly competitive, employee-driven labour market, it is quite challenging to find and recruit the perfect candidate. That is why many companies turn to employment agencies to help them hire IT specialists for open positions. Why is it worth to cooperate with agencies, and why is employment outsourcing more and more common? It turns out that this may be the key to maximising recruiting resources. However, a harmonised strategy must be developed. The better the relationship with the recruitment agency, the more one can gain!
The most significant advantage of employment agencies is their experience. It allows shortening the whole recruitment process significantly. Agencies, as highly specialised companies with in-depth knowledge of a specific employment sector and its organisations, have developed procedures for profiling and filtering IT candidates. This knowledge allows them to effectively identify those whose skills actually match the expectations of a particular employer. The proper selection of specialists is the most common problem in companies that do not have a dedicated internal recruiter or have not previously hired candidates for a given position with specialised competencies, which would make the independent search for employees long and expensive.
Setting the right level of remuneration can be quite a challenge, especially when there are few candidates with the necessary competences in the IT market. By cooperating with a recruitment agency, you can entrust it with setting the optimal remuneration. Professionals know the current salary data so that they can help with the benchmarking. This is advantageous knowledge, especially if the company is creating an entirely new position or looking for an expert in a narrow field and wants to offer competitive working conditions.
Especially when we care about time and effects, using an experienced recruitment agency, we statistically increase the chances of access to the best job seekers on the market. It is worth mentioning that they reach specialists actively and passively looking for a job. The HR specialists employed in the agency definitely do not limit their activities to placing advertisements on job seekers’ portals. They use their own databases and, above all, effectively identify people who meet specific criteria, which means that they will actively search for suitable candidates, not wait for their application.
A crucial reason why many companies turn to recruitment agencies is also to improve the quality of employment. Most of the agencies specialise in specific sectors of industry, which means that they already have a group of highly qualified candidates at their disposal with whom they are in contact. They not only know how to find great candidates but also make sure that they are really suitable for the job.
An employment agency also works well when the requirements for the future employee are very detailed, and the internal employment department has no experience in conducting such a recruitment process. The situation when the HR department does not know the area of activity of the candidates at all is an additional obstacle. The agency’s help in such circumstances is invaluable. This is, for example, the specificity of recruiting IT specialists who are needed in most companies, even in those whose business profile is not closely related to technology. The lack of sufficient qualified staff is an additional difficulty here. The need to reach out to people who are not currently looking for a job can prolong and complicate the whole process. In such cases, the IT recruitment agency will better manage the entire process. It will manage all requests from candidates and respond to their expectations.
For many companies, the advantage of using an employment agency is also additional security in terms of minimalising the turnover of new employees. Good recruitment agencies offer guarantee periods (usually 3-6 months). If the successful candidate leaves before the end of this period or if they fail to perform, the company is reimbursed. In most cases, however, the agency undertakes to provide a new replacement candidate at no additional cost.
There are many employment agencies on the market. To increase the chances of finding a good employee, companies often cooperate not with one, but with many of them. For the cooperation to run smoothly, it is worth making sure that the recruitment company has experience in effectively attracting candidates from a particular industry. The agency also needs to know the specifics of the business, including the expectations towards employees. This increases the confidence that the recruiter will provide precisely the candidate we are looking for. This, in turn, will prevent losses associated with the possible resignation of the employee.
In a partnership, few things are more important than right, consistent communication. The outsourcing of employment requires that the expectations of the candidate we are looking for be as precise as possible. Thanks to this, the recruitment agency does not waste any time, and the sooner it delivers the right candidate, the more both parties gain.