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Are recruitment agencies worth it?

Are recruitment agencies worth it?

Hiring the right employee is crucial for any company’s success, but the process can be time-consuming and challenging. This is where recruitment agencies come into play. A recruitment agency can help you find the right candidate for your job vacancy, saving you valuable time and resources. However, not all recruitment agencies will suit your business, and understanding the role of recruitment agencies is essential to maximise your hiring process. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the benefits of working with a recruitment agency, what to look for when choosing one, and how to ensure that your recruitment agency delivers the desired results.

How do recruitment agencies work?

Recruitment agencies act as intermediaries between clients and candidates. They work with a variety of businesses to help them find qualified candidates to fill your vacancies. Typically, a recruitment agency will start by getting to know the clients, their needs, and their business ethos. This enables the agency to find not only the best-qualified candidate but also someone who will fit into the business. They will then use their expertise to source potential candidates through various channels, such as job boards, social media, personal networks and already registered candidates.

Once the agency has identified potential candidates, they will screen them to ensure that they meet the employer’s requirements. This may involve reviewing CV’s, conducting interviews, and performing background checks. Within the construction industry, efficiency is of the utmost priority for clients, particularly for temporary vacancies.

Recruitment agencies can also provide additional services, such as negotiating job offers, managing the onboarding process, and providing ongoing support for both the employer and the employee.

Advantages of working with a recruitment agency

Working with a recruitment agency can provide a variety of benefits for employers. Some of the most significant advantages include:


Recruiting can be a time-consuming process, especially for businesses that receive many applications for their open positions. Working with a recruitment agency can save employers valuable time by allowing them to focus on other aspects of their business while the agency handles the full recruitment process.

Access to a wider pool of candidates

Recruitment agencies have access to a much wider pool of candidates than most employers do. This is because they have extensive networks and use a variety of channels to source potential candidates.


Recruitment agencies are experts in the field of hiring high-quality candidates for their clients. Having access to a wide range of candidates already enables recruitment agencies to find the right candidate for your role quickly and efficiently. Some recruitment agencies also use a technique called “headhunting” which involves contacting potential candidates that match the job requirements but may not be actively seeking a new role.

Reduced Risk

Recruitment agencies can help reduce the risk of hiring the wrong candidate. Agencies have experience in screening and interviewing candidates and can identify potential red flags that an employer may not be able to see. This can help employers avoid costly hiring mistakes and ensure that the best candidate is hired for the job.

Common misconceptions about recruitment agencies

Despite there being many benefits to working with recruitment agencies, there are still some misconceptions about them. These include:

They only work with large companies

A common misconception is that recruitment agencies only work with large companies. Whilst some recruitment agencies may specialise in working with larger companies, there are many that work with small to medium-sized businesses as well. Working with recruitment agencies can be especially beneficial for those smaller businesses as they may not have their own recruitment process.

They don’t understand our business

Some employers are hesitant to work with recruitment agencies because they believe that the agency won’t understand their business or industry. However, most recruitment agencies have experience working with a variety of businesses and industries and are skilled at understanding the needs of their clients. Some recruitment agencies also specialise in specific industries, such as ESD Recruitment within the construction industry.

How to choose the right recruitment agency for your business

We have previously covered this in a previous blog post which you can read here:

But to summarise, choosing the right recruitment agency for your business is essential. Some key points to consider are:

  • Experience
  • Reputation
  • Services
  • Benefits

Maximising the benefits of working with a recruitment agency

Once you’ve selected a recruitment agency, there are several things you can do to maximise the benefits of working with them.


Be sure to communicate your needs and requirements clearly to the agency. This will help them understand what you’re looking for and ensure that they are sourcing the right candidates that meet your needs.

Provide Feedback

Providing feedback to the agency may feel uncomfortable to begin with, however, most agencies prefer clients to be clear in communication. This helps the agency adjust potential searches and allows them to gain a further understanding of what you are looking for, and most importantly what you are not looking for.

Build a relationship

Building a relationship with the agency ensures they understand your business and needs. The agency wants to know your business to provide the best service possible. You may also be provided with an account manager, which is a specific recruiter to get to know your business, wants and needs.


Working with a recruitment agency can provide a variety of benefits of employers, including time-saving, access to a wider pool of candidates, expertise and reduced risk. However, it’s important to choose the right agency and to work effectively with them to maximise the benefits of their services.