Hiring new talent is a complicated process that can often be costly. It takes hours to prepare job descriptions, read through resumes, conduct interviews, check credentials, and run background checks. According to Glassdoor, on average, employers in the US will spend $4,000 and 24 days to hire a new employee. A bad hire can exacerbate the issue by forcing a company to start the process all over again, potentially more than once.
On top of that, hiring in the IT sector can be especially tricky. The demand for experienced, capable talent in the IT field is growing much faster than people are entering it. There is a very low unemployment rate in the IT field. While that can be a great thing for employees, it causes a massive headache for companies.
This is where IT staffing agencies come in.
What Is IT Staffing?
IT staffing agencies, much like general staffing agencies, support employers during the hiring process. IT staffing companies can bridge the gap between companies and would-be employees. They help relieve the burden of hiring by going ahead of the company and completing a lot of the legwork required for the hiring process.
They can pre screen potential talent, run background checks, and verify candidates’ abilities through testing and checking references. IT recruiting agencies take the information given to them and try to match the position to the best candidate.
Depending on the company’s wishes, IT staffing agencies can hire on a contract, contract to hire, direct hire, or managed services basis. It can also complete most of the hiring process for the company or find quality candidates and allow the company to conduct its own interviews.
What Does An IT Staffing Recruiter Do?
IT staffing recruiters work as the go-between between companies and potential employees. They go beyond just looking at resumes. A quality IT staffing recruiter sits down with candidates and gets to know them to determine the best fit between potential employees and companies.
IT staffing recruiters take the time to talk with companies and figure out what their needs and priorities are and use that information to advise hiring decisions. A quality staffing recruiter will talk about more than just what tasks the job requires, but will also look at culture and other expectations to make sure both the company and the candidate are happy.
Why Should My Company Use An IT Staffing Agency?
If you’ve ever been in charge of onboarding new talent for your organization, you know that it is not a pleasant process. There is a lot of “hurry up and wait” involved, to use an old cliche.
After taking the time to write out your job description and put it out there on as many job boards as possible, you can only hope and pray that the right candidate finds you. Meanwhile, your organization loses time and money while operating with less than full staff and taking time away from work to conduct interviews that may or may not lead to a successful hire.
In the best-case scenario, you find someone great, and you are just out the original time and money. In the worst-case scenario, time drags on, and no one who is right for the position ever applies, or you hire someone, and it doesn’t work out, hopefully only once. A thriving, growing company just does not have time for this every time they need to add to the team.
In short, IT staffing agencies will save your company both time and money. IT staffing agencies take the time to get to know the needs of both the company and the potential employees and takes the time to match the two in both technical and cultural aspects. This both decreases the amount of time needed to find a quality candidate and slashes the potential for a bad hire.
It allows your HR department to focus its time and energy on the daily needs of your organization rather than the time-consuming process of hiring a new employee. Rather than waiting around and hoping that the right candidate finds you, IT staffing agencies can access a much larger pool of candidates than the average business owner. Instead of just finding someone who “fits,” an IT staffing agency can help you find the best fit.
What Are The Best IT Staffing Agencies?
Adecco: While Adecco is one of the younger organizations on this list, being founded in 1996, they have made a reputation for themselves as a successful staffing agency in the IT sector. While their home base is in Zurich, Switzerland, they work worldwide to help companies find quality candidates for open positions.
You can read more information about these agencies and other options here.
What IT Jobs Are Most In-Demand?
According to CIO.com, the most in-demand IT jobs that a staffing company can help with are:
Business intelligence analyst
Data (analyst, scientist, engineer)
Developer (web, software, mobile)
Help desk and desktop support professionals
Network security (architect, engineer, administrator)
When deciding on an IT staffing organization, ask if there are any specific areas they specialize in.
How Are IT Staffing Agencies Paid?
There are different ways that a staffing organization can set up payment for its services. Most commonly, IT staffing agencies typically will bill by percentage, with specific fees for different circumstances.
It is important to discuss this information upfront with staffing agencies you are interested in working with.
What Should I Look For In An IT Staffing Agency?
Many staffing agencies are operating worldwide. There are an estimated 20,000 agencies in the US, and 2,600 of them specialize in the IT sector. Those numbers can seem overwhelming. How does one go about choosing which company to work with?
While there are many aspects of choosing a staffing agency to partner with your organization, above all, look for an IT staffing company that has a reputation for success. Consider which companies your competitors have chosen to work with. If an agency is successful in helping another organization operating in your niche, they will likely understand what your business needs as well.
Ask yourself what needs your organization has. Like choosing a car or a home, it is important to choose the company that best meets your needs as you decide which organization you want to partner with. Consider your budget and how much you want to be involved in the process.
Consider the following questions:
Where is this staffing agency located? Are they close enough to build a relationship with my organization in the long term? Are they well established in the region so that they can attract top candidates?
What is their history? How long have they been in business? Do they have a record of success? What have other organizations they have worked work have to say about them?
Do they have a large pool of resumes on file to match you with? Do they specialize in any specific type of contract?
Some of these questions you can answer with an internet search. Some of them you may need to meet with the agency to discuss. It is important to take the time to vet any organization you are interested in working with to make sure they will meet your company’s hiring needs.