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Pros and Cons of a Recruiter or Staffing Agency for Technology Talent

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September 14, 2017

It sounds easy. Make one phone call to a staffing agency and all your hiring woes will be over. Qualified employees will show up ready to hit the ground running with all your software development needs. If you’re considering in-house temps for your technology needs, here are some of the pros and cons.

Benefits of Hiring In-House Temps

Staffing agencies specialize in matching job candidates with employers

When you’re seeking technology talent, you’re looking for people with a highly specialized set of skills. Staffing agencies usually check references, backgrounds, and skills before sending them to you, saving you time and trouble.

In-house temps allow your business to adjust to fluctuations

A temporary employee can be a good solution when you experience employee shortages. Fill long-term absences due to disability or maternity leave. Hire an extra person for that time of year when everyone takes vacations. Find someone to fill in temporarily for seasonal peaks or special projects.

Recruiters know people in the field 

You might get several resumes when you post your job. Recruiters get hundreds of applications a week. Often, they maintain relationships with qualified people. They may be able to help you find the right fit for your organization.

In-house temps let you try before you buy 

If you like the candidate they send you, you can offer them a more permanent position. If not, you can find someone more qualified. Find out how they work before you start paying benefits.

You’ll save time interviewing

You only have so many hours to do your job. Staffing agencies save you valuable time.

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Disadvantages of Using Staffing Agencies

You pay fees

Agencies have recruiting screening costs and pass those on to you. Recruiting fees can exceed 20 percent.

Temps still need training 

Regardless of their skills, your company is new to them and your systems will have aspects that are unique.

Quality may be lower 

Recruiters are not technology experts. Sometimes they don’t understand the skills your job requires. They may send you someone who isn’t as skilled as you expect.

Temporary employees are not usually looking for long-term growth with your company

They’re probably not as invested as your full-time employees in making your product a success.

Using in-house temps may lower morale

When temporary employees are in and out, it can lower the confidence and determination of your regular staff. Your company culture and productivity are impacted when regular employees are constantly forming new relationships and explaining how things work. It affects the way temporary employees feel as well. It can be discouraging to come in every day and do the same work as regular employees with no benefits or job security.

Ready to discover which option is best for you when it comes to building your technology dream team? Check out this Technology Hiring Prioritization Tool. It will walk you through an assessment of priorities for your team – all the way from budget to communication preferences –  and offer you a team expansion recommendation based on your specific needs.