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Houston Chronicle Article on the Benefits of Staffing Agencies

What Are the Benefits of Staffing Agencies?

By Ruth Mathew, Demand Media 

Staffing agencies perform recruitment and selection processes for organizations that don’t have the time, expertise or resources necessary to manage the employment processes. Some staffing agencies provide temporary workers, and others provide candidates for temp-to-hire arrangements. Regardless of the employment type, there are certain advantages to employers' use of staffing agencies, including expertise, cost, availability of workers and employee retention.

Expertise

Staffing agencies often have a level of expertise that far exceeds some employers’ human resources departments. Hiring recruiters, employment specialists and an employment or recruiting manager to supervise staff could require a lengthy recruiting period to find qualified employees. Staffing agencies provide services that rival the best qualified recruiters and employment specialists, usually at a lower cost. Employees of staffing agencies generally have a higher level of expertise related to job knowledge, employment trends and recruitment practices by virtue of continuous placement of employees. They also have industry expertise if they work for staffing agencies that specialize in certain fields, such health care providers.

Cost

Using staffing agencies can result in lower costs associated with hiring adequate staff to recruit applicants. However, because staffing agencies manage the entire employment process, they also relieve employers of costs related to pre-employment testing, background investigations and drug screening. In addition, employers save money related to the expense of payroll processing and benefits administration. Small employers find that they can rely on staffing agencies to provide them with qualified employees at remarkable savings...

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