Staffing costs are under scrutiny in most businesses today as cost-cutting becomes more and more prevalent in these tough times. Staffing your business is expensive, particularly when you have a number of job vacancies to fill. Not only do you have to consider the additional ongoing payroll expense, but the actual expense of staffing; that is finding new staff.
There are many different ways of staffing your business, but it all depends on what kind of staffing agencies and staffing methods you use as to how cost effective finding new staff will be.
There will always be certain things that need to happen when staffing your business:
•you will need to write a job description,
•you’ll need to decide on salary,
•you’ll need to find candidates,
•you’ll need to interview them and
•then make some staffing decisions about who you’re going to hire.
Seems simple enough, until you realize how many different staffing solutions there are out there to facilitate staffing your business.
Methods of staffing your business
1. You could do the staffing yourself:
Once you know who you want, you can advertise the position yourself. There are many staffing websites where you can post staffing opportunities to potential candidates. You could also advertise your staffing vacancies in newspapers and other media. You would need to screen your responses and then select candidates you’d like to interview.
2. You can get staffing agencies to assist you:
Staffing agencies can review the CVs received from your staffing advert and present you with the people they believe you should interview.
3. Staffing agencies can do everything for you:
Staffing agencies are able to do all staffing for you from start to finish. Not only will they place your staffing advert, but they will screen CVs, interview shortlisted candidates and present certain candidates for interview by you.
What staffing will cost you
1.Obviously if you do your staffing yourself, without the assistance of staffing agencies, your costs will be the staffing advert only. Your other costs will be your time – the time taken to write the job description, place the ad, screen candidates and interview potential staffing matches.
2.Staffing agencies do offer reduced rates for only doing particular parts of the staffing process, but they charge for their time.
3.Staffing agencies that offer to do your staffing completely will charge you a certain percentage of the employee’s annual salary. For more senior positions, this staffing cost can prove to be quite high, but it doesn’t require you to do anything except interview recommended candidates.
Staffing decisions and whether to use staffing agencies or not is your choice. You do need to be aware of the costs though, and decide what is the most cost effective way to take care of your staffing needs. Doing it yourself and using staffing agencies both have their merits – it’s really up to you!