Can A Small Business Afford To Use A Recruitment Agency?

Whether you are a Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) and can afford to use a recruitment agency depends on various factors, including your financial situation, the importance of the hiring needs, and the potential benefits of using a recruitment agency. Here are some things for you to consider:

Affordability Factors

1. Budget Constraints

SMEs typically often operate with limited budgets, and the cost of using a recruitment agency can be a concern. Recruitment agencies typically charge fees based on the percentage of the first-year salary.


2. Importance of the Position

For critical roles where finding the right candidate is crucial, you might be more willing to allocate resources to a recruitment agency.


3. Size of the Recruitment Agency

Different recruitment agencies have varying fee structures. Some larger agencies may charge higher fees, while others, including smaller or specialised agencies, may offer more affordable options for you.


Potential Benefits

1. Time Savings

Using a recruitment agency can save you valuable time in the hiring process. This is particularly beneficial where efficiency is essential, and delays in hiring could impact your operations.


2. Access to Talent Pool

Recruitment agencies often have access to a broader pool of candidates, including passive candidates who may not be actively searching for jobs. This can be advantageous for your business when  looking to attract top talent.


3. Expertise and Resources

If you have limited resources for recruitment, a recruitment agency can provide expertise, resources, and a streamlined process, helping you find suitable candidates more efficiently.


4. Reduced Risk of Bad Hires

Recruitment agencies typically have rigorous screening processes, reducing the risk of making a bad hire. This can be especially important for companies that will find it challenging to absorb the costs and disruptions associated with hiring mistakes.

As a small businesses you may think you can’t afford to use a recruitment agency, however, you may not have the resource nor the time to fill your roles either. In this article we will outline the benefits.


What A Recruitment Agency Can Do For You

Recruitment Agencies have two sets of Clients. Businesses looking for employees and individuals looking for employment. A recruitment agency may already have suitable candidates that they can match with your company relatively quickly.

Hiring people that don’t fit your business could be detrimental and a set back for your business. That is why a large investment of your time will be required to get it right. As an SME, do you have this? Determining what is required of your new potential employee may be the easy part. Finding someone that meets those requirements may be costly.

You need to be prepared to set time preparing a job description, posting the job advert – deciding which sites to post the job ad on – which job sites are best? – then screen and vet applications, interview candidates (sometimes more than once) and finally train them if required. As an SME this is a huge task. It can sometimes be overwhelming and an unwelcomed distraction.


Industry Specialists

Working with an agency that specialises in your industry may be a logical step and one that could save you valuable time. We’re all aware that time costs money and recruiting internally will take up a lot of time that you may not be able to afford.

Recruitment agencies that specialise in your industry should be able to provide you with key information such as salary indications, what’s happening in the industry, what candidates are available and have access to candidates that you may not or know of candidates already who will be a good fit for your company ethics and team.


If you would like to chat further on your options then please email us on or call us on 01592 805600.

2020-Recruitment will work with you to determine which method of recruitment is best for you.