As somebody that operates a recruitment company, you would expect the answer to be yes!
However, the answer is actually, “not always”. Using an external recruiter has a time and place. In the current age of technology, if you have the time, resource and budget to find the right talent to support your business then using an external recruiter can be a genuine luxury.
Having said this though, there are times and sectors in which a good recruiter can be worth their weight in gold. Knowing when and how to use a recruiter will make it a positive experience and get the results you want for all concerned.
A combination of uncertainty in the UK economy as a whole, given a looming Brexit and a shortage of qualified scientists creates an environment where attracting a talented person away from their current role to join your business is tough.
The July 2017 ONS statistics show that the UK employment rate was 74.9%. This is the highest since comparable records began. The unemployment rate is 4.5%, down from 4.9% for a year earlier and the lowest since 1975. Given that the labour market is clearly tight, a talent shortage in science and technology has been exacerbated even more. In this type of environment, looking outside of your business for help in sourcing talent can be a good idea.
Author: Jonathan Hart-Smith – MD