Some companies, particularly smaller companies, work with staffing firms on the majority of their job openings. Others contact staffing firms only after not finding the right candidate through their own recruitment efforts. And, of course, many use staffing firms for temporary replacements and special projects.
A report shared by the American Staffing Association provided the following reasons for working with staffing firms. Some respondents selected several reasons thus the well above 100% number.
47% Opportunity to gauge the fit before making a regular or long-term hire
41% Gain access to more candidates
38% Ability to fill positions quickly
32% Flexibility to easily change size of workforce based on project load
26% Access to talent with specialized skills
The flexibility provided by working with a staffing firm can save time and money for businesses whether for regular long-term employees, temporary needs for special projects or particularly heavy workloads, or for short-term replacements to cover vacations or various leaves.