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Benefits for using a recruitment agency

10 July 2024 by S Douthwaite

We get asked all the time about the benefits of using recruitment agencies.

Often scene as an expensive solution many large employers have replicated agencies by creating their own internal recruitment departments. Have these moves changed the landscape resulting in less benefits to agencies or has it highlighted the ever growing need to partner with a professional staffing agency.

Employers who use engineering and specialist recruitment agencies benefit from several specific advantages tailored to their unique needs, they often will also be able to source candidates for more general vacancies while their specialists find the hard-to-find skills.


We mustn’t shy away from the fact that a good internal recruitment department has the potential to save money on external recruitment. However, this is based on the employer having a constant need to recruit, if an employer only needs to recruit ad-hoc or for particular projects having a new department becomes a cost centre that will ultimately be made redundant, as we have scene over the last 24 months.

High staff turnover costs are not limited to talent attraction, the costs continue throughout onboarding, training & development. As a consultant I would argue to spend money on staff retention strategy, the real cost saver for any business!

For employers looking to recruit 1-75 hires per annum the benefits of recruitment agencies are huge, the reach of a good agency to the candidate market is huge, recruitment agencies often work across industries dealing with candidates from various disciplines creating pools of candidates with a healthy mix of diversity and competition.

Recruitment Agency benefits:

  1. Technical Expertise:

    • Specialist agencies have recruiters with technical backgrounds and industry-specific knowledge, ensuring they understand the technical requirements and nuances of engineering roles.

  2. Access to Highly Skilled Talent:

    • These agencies have extensive networks and databases of highly skilled engineers and specialists, including passive candidates who might not be actively seeking new opportunities.

  3. Reduced Time-to-Hire:

    • With a deep understanding of the industry and access to a pre-screened talent pool, specialist agencies can significantly reduce the time required to fill positions, speeding up the hiring process.

  4. Improved Quality of Candidates:

    • Agencies use rigorous screening processes, technical assessments, and interviews to ensure candidates possess the necessary qualifications, experience, and cultural fit for the company.

  5. Market Insights and Salary Benchmarking:

    • Specialist agencies provide valuable insights into industry trends, salary benchmarks, and talent availability, helping employers make informed decisions about compensation and hiring strategies.

  6. Access to Niche Skills:

    • For highly specialized or niche roles, these agencies can source candidates with specific skill sets that might be challenging to find through general recruitment channels.

  7. Flexibility in Workforce Management:

    • Specialist agencies can provide temporary, contract, or permanent staff, allowing employers to scale their workforce according to project demands and business needs.

  8. Compliance and Regulatory Knowledge:

    • These agencies stay up-to-date with industry regulations, certifications, and compliance requirements, ensuring candidates meet all necessary standards and legal obligations.

  9. Reduced Risk of Bad Hires:

    • With thorough vetting processes and technical assessments, specialist agencies help minimize the risk of bad hires, which can be costly and disruptive to engineering projects.

  10. Enhanced Employer Branding in the Engineering Sector:

    • Agencies often promote the employer’s brand within the engineering community, highlighting the company’s projects, culture, and values to attract top talent.

  11. Confidential Searches for Sensitive Positions:

    • For high-level or sensitive engineering roles, specialist agencies can conduct discreet searches, maintaining confidentiality and minimizing internal and external exposure.

  12. Access to Latest Recruitment Technologies:

    • Specialist agencies often utilize advanced recruitment technologies and platforms, such as AI-driven candidate matching and technical skill assessments, enhancing the efficiency and accuracy of the hiring process.

  13. Project-Based Hiring Solutions:

    • Agencies can provide skilled engineers for specific projects, ensuring employers have the right talent for the duration of the project without long-term commitments.

  14. Global Talent Reach:

    • Many specialist agencies have a global reach, enabling employers to access international talent pools for roles requiring specific expertise not available locally

 Wondering what recruitment solution best suits your company needs? please drop me an email to discuss.