Despite the headline unemployment statistics across the U.S., many employers are hiring – some with the help of staffing firms such as Kforce. Utilizing a staffing firm can help identify and retain top talent. Here are my top three reasons why your organization should work with a staffing firm!
1.) Professional unemployment is low, demand for talent is high
Recent labor statistics may show the national unemployment rate is high, but have you taken a closer look at the professional unemployment level? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for college degreed professionals hovers around 4.2 percent. This means that top talent (for example, accountants and .NET developers) may not always be readily available for hire.
Finding and securing qualified talent is getting tougher by the day, so relying on a staffing firm that specializes in finding top talent in your professional space can be a win for your organization.
2.) Economic landscape favors temporary hiring model
While there are still a few misconceptions about co-employment, the “temporary” model is picking up steam with companies and hiring managers alike. The following are just a few reasons managers lean towards hiring temporary workers:
- “Try before you buy” – Managers can evaluate first hand a consultant’s skills and how well they integrate into their company’s culture before hiring them full time.
- Fall-off cost of temporary vs. permanent hire – Companies may spend a considerable amount of time and money hiring a full time employee, but what happens if that person doesn’t work out? Hiring a consultant for a temporary-to-hire period can mitigate the overall risk and costs to your organization.
- More candidates are considering contract positions – A large cultural shift continues, as many professionals are staying open to contract and temporary work. Top candidates continue to tell us they enjoy the flexibility of a temporary work environment, including a change in jobs and projects.
3.) Ability to use specialized contractors and increase staff skill sets
Specialized contractors are the perfect solution when time sensitive projects arise and your current staff does not have the bandwidth or skills to complete the project within the desired timeline. As a bonus to getting the job done, often times a contractor can help cross train your current staff. Working side by side with a qualified contractor can raise the bar of your current staff to a new level.
When you decide to work with a staffing firm, determine if they recruit for your organization’s specialized skill sets, for example, Kforce specializes in the areas of technology, finance and accounting and health information management. Be sure to seek out a company that aligns with your needs.