The UK economy is changing, making recruiting and hiring the right candidates more challenging. The demand for workers is surging whereas the availability of staff in many areas is declining. According to Markit and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the availability of permanent candidates has declined at the fastest pace in four months in September. Finding and hiring the right people in this kind of recruiting environment requires a company to go beyond conventional hiring methods; one of these being outsourcing.
According to the Arvato outsourcing index, contracts worth £3.91 billion were signed in the first six months of 2016, representing a 19% year on year rise. IT outsourcing spend also grew, with the value of contracts across both public and private sectors growing 63% year-on-year to £2.63bn. On top of that, local government spending on outsourcing almost doubled in the first half of 2016.
Outsourcing recruitment functions is not a new phenomenon. Reducing costs and maintaining focus on core business operations are the prime reasons to outsource recruiting.
What is Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)?
Recruitment Process Outsourcing or RPO involves businesses transferring all or part of their recruitment processes to a third-party provider to manage their recruitment activities on their behalf. Outsourcing a part or all of their recruitment process puts the reins in the hands of experienced recruitment consultants that are not readily available internally, saving you time and money. Through this, businesses can free their resources of the administrative and transactional duties involved with recruitment, allowing them to dedicate their time to other areas of the business.
Benefits of outsourcing recruitment services
1. Reduce costs
Outsourcing recruitment services won’t come free, but the cost a company pays is significantly less than all the costs associated with the internal hiring and training process. Cost of recruiting, advertising, interviewing, background checking, and skills testing are all rolled together when companies outsource recruiting. In addition, the training costs are also reduced as the highly experienced resources work on the processes. Administrative and overhead costs are also cut down, as the companies’ RPO partner takes care of compliance, payroll and HR for them.
2. Maintained focus on core business
Outsourcing the burden of tedious administrative and accountancy work frees up the company’s valuable workforce and allow them to focus on your core competencies. Outsourcing back-office recruitment services that are inherent in the recruitment process such as CV formatting and processing, job posting, reference chasing, timesheet processing etc significantly reduces the time spent on these activities to allow the employees to focus on core processes to drive business.
3. Improved quality
An experienced team of professionals who are well equipped with a rich database of quality candidates and an Application Tracking System (ATS) helps companies to improve their service delivery and client retention. Within the highly competitive job market, ongoing skills shortages and limited in-house resources, companies benefit from an outsourcing partner’s expertise in sourcing high quality candidates, and ability to access passive candidates that they may not otherwise be able to reach.
4. Faster turnaround
Positions unfilled for a longer time not only adversely affect productivity of the employee but also directly affects the bottom line of the company. When outsourced, responsive, flexible and consistent process delivery helps companies to provide their clients with an improved service.
5. Swiftness and expertise
When outsourced, a dedicated resource with industry specific experience delivers swiftly and with improved quality output. The recruiters have access to a vast pool of candidates and can immediately begin working on the client requirement. Closing the positions within the stipulated time results in the client satisfaction.
6. Scalable recruiting capacity
One of the major benefits of outsourcing recruitment services is that companies’ recruitment plans can be customised to their specifications with the flexibility to up- and down-scale to meet their requirements and manage expenditure.
QX Recruitment Services is a leading back-office service provider with a team of over 830 professionals providing 360-degree recruitment, accounting, and payroll solutions for recruitment agencies. We bring highest quality solutions and services tailored specifically for our clients. If you are considering outsourcing, contact us on +44 845 838 2462 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential and no cost discussion with our RPO experts.