Small Organisation: Can You Afford to Use an Agency?
Small businesses can’t always afford administrative add-ons to their office. As a small business ourselves, we know that your employees could be doing multiple jobs until you get past the initial start-up period. Luckily for you, recruitment agencies are available to lighten your load.
The answer to our question today depends on what you are expecting out of your company.
What Do You Need?
All businesses want to add permanent staff to their team to help them gain a reputable foundation within the industry. Larger companies usually have specialist HR departments to help fulfil these needs. However, smaller businesses can have trouble sourcing or attracting the right personnel. This is where we come in. Outsourcing to agencies can help you identify, qualify and contact talented individuals that may not have considered you alone. The agency can also perform background and employment checks and references checks.
Hiring people that don’t suit you could be detrimental for your business. That is why a large investment of your time will be required to get it right. As a small business owner, do you have this? Working out the exact requirements of your new potential employee is easy. Finding somebody that meets those requirements is the hard part. You need to be prepared to set time preparing a job description, posting the job advert – do you know which job sites are best? – then screen and vet applications, interview candidates and, finally, train them. As a small business this is a huge task. It can sometimes be overwhelming and a distraction.
Working with an agency that specialises in your industry may be a logical step after all and one that could save you valuable time. After all, time costs money.
What an Agency Can do For You
Although agencies do require a cost, you will find that outsourcing to us actually saves you more money. Sourcing employees yourself can result in fees as high as £4000. Working with the right recruitment agency comes with the right benefits.
For example, the agency will specialise in your industry and can source, employ and pay candidates on your behalf. Agencies can offer you preferred payment terms assisting your cash flow and taking any hassle out of having to do payroll. We supply you with a reliable service that covers any situation. Whether you are struggling to get your starter pack of employees or looking to build an empire, we are here to help.
There are many different agencies, with varied fees and options. To give you an idea of what is expected, Influx Recruitment’s policies are detailed below.
12 Week Temporary to Permanent Trial
We can place a candidate in your business on a twelve week contract.
This means you do not have to commit to employing permanently nor do you have the responsibility if the candidate simply does not fit into your business.
However, once this 12 week contract is complete you can take on the candidate free of charge permanently should you wish. Clients often appear sceptical of this, especially new and small businesses.
“Why do you not charge a finder’s fee after the 12 week period?”
The reason for this is simple. We care about our people and want to give candidates the opportunity to be employees without scaring away our clients by charging vast amounts of money.
Permanent Placement Fee
Most recruitment agencies will be more than happy to find a suitable candidate that will fit your business. This usually results in a several stage process from advertising, interviewing, background checking and any paperwork/inductions.
Whilst a lot of companies are happy to receive this service, it is not necessarily suitable for all sizes of business. The industry average for finders fees are around **15% of the annual salary of the candidate, which can be a costly exercise. At Influx, we have a competitive price for permanent recruitment and a retained business finder’s fee.
**rates depend on agency
Influx understands the change in business dynamics and hiring depending on sector and labour cycle can fluctuate, therefore, we have created a subscription package to fit around your business. You would pay a reduced monthly fee and in turn would receive a full recruitment service, basically an outsourced HR department at your fingertips.
Needing a New Team Member, But Not Sure If You Can Afford One?
Our motto is “we find our clients great people so you don’t have to.”
If you would like to chat further on your options then please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0131 331 1500