With all industries relying more and more on technology, hiring tech talent is becoming a major concern for employers.
According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, by 2024, there will be 1.1 million computing-related job openings in the United States.
And as we all know, the opinions on whether the tech shortage is real or not are divided.
Some experts and thought leaders are convinced there’s an actual lack of candidates with the right skills and experience.
Others believe the shortage is caused by the fact that employers only want to hire candidates with college degrees. However, many programmers and developers are self-taught or have learned through alternative methods such as boot camps and MOOCs (massive open online courses).
No matter who’s right and who’s wrong, when it comes to your company, you want the best tech talent at the right time—and for the right price.
But what’s the best way to go about this?
Should you create a candidate profile and hand the recruitment process off to your HR department? Well, that’s one method.
However, this may not be the best option since your HR people likely:
- don’t have in-depth knowledge of the job’s technical requirements
- are extremely busy with the day-to-day operations
In contrast, did you know that you could benefit considerably from hiring tech talent through an agency? That’s right: outsourcing your recruitment process can offer you a number of significant advantages when compared to keeping it in-house.
Let’s take a closer look.
1. It unburdens your HR team.
While HR most definitely has an important role to play in regard to talent acquisition, management, and retention, placing them in charge of the recruitment process often isn’t the best use of their resources.
Outsourcing the hiring process to a staffing agency allows your HR department to concentrate on the day-to-day, as well as pressing HR matters.
2. It minimizes payroll.
Agency employees are employed by the staffing agency—not by your company.
This means your payroll department doesn’t have to handle their accounts.
3. A specialized staffing agency has in-depth knowledge of the labor market.
When you’re looking at hiring tech talent that is top-notch, you need to know how to reach them.
A staffing agency that specializes in tech and IT personnel will have current and in-depth knowledge of the market, including the availability of specific types of professionals with key strategic skills.
A staffing agency also knows what kind of agreements tech talent are looking for.
Let’s say you need a software engineer with expertise in customizing medical coding systems. They’re likely not a dime a dozen.
Now, while your HR department might not know how to locate any candidates, a specialized staffing agency will have some of these professionals in its talent pool. Plus, it will know how best to reach other software engineers, for example through a talent community or a LinkedIn group.
But finding the talent is just the first step.
You also need to know what kind of work environment and remuneration they’re looking for.
Do they prefer to telecommute, or do they want to work on teams with highly knowledgeable colleagues?
What kind of salary are they expecting?
The better you can tailor your offer to the professionals you want, the higher your chances of attracting top talent.
4. An agency knows how to find passive candidates.
Passive candidates are professionals who are currently employed and not actively looking for a new job—unless the right offer lands in their lap.
Since staffing agencies place a lot of talent with companies, they also know where the hidden gems are, as well as how to get them interested in new opportunities.
5. It facilitates a scalable workforce.
Ever since the Great Recession, when many employers had to lay off large portions of their workforces, companies have—wisely—kept their core operations small.
Working with a staffing agency allows you to ramp your workforce when needed, for example during the busy season or if you’re taking on a new project.
When there’s no longer any need for the additional workers, the contingent workforce can be scaled down without you having to deal with the responsibility, administration, and financial burden of layoffs.
Hiring tech talent does not have to be a permanent thing, temporary solutions are available as needed.
6. Hiring tech talent with an agency minimizes risk.
When you hire an employee, there’s always the chance that the hire doesn’t work out.
Possible causes often include a lack of skills and a poor fit for the company culture.
According to Fast Company, the average costs of a bad hire are between $25,000 and $50,000 per employee!
These costs include the costs of:
- and severance.
However, there’s more money involved than just this: consider the costs of recruiting and training a replacement. Plus, of course, the loss of productivity during the time that the bad hire wasn’t performing as expected, as well as during the time that the job was vacant.
One underperforming employee or vacant position can have a ripple effect that impacts everything from project completion to customer relations.
In contrast, when you work with a staffing agency, the agency often assumes this risk for the simple reason that if it provides great people, you’ll keep coming back whenever you’re looking for new talent.
If they provide duds, then they won’t be in business for very long. That’s why many staffing agencies offer replacements free of charge if a hire doesn’t work out.
And since they have a good understanding of the skills needed for the job, as well as the abilities and experience their candidates possess, the chances they’ll provide you with a good match are high.
7. A staffing agency can help promote your employer brand.
Many staffing agencies today add employer branding to their job postings to make them more attractive to talent.
At the same time, since it’s their job to show your company in its best light, they can provide candidates with insights about your company culture and work environment they might otherwise never know.
So even if a candidate doesn’t get the position, he or she might continue to show interest in other positions at a later time.
8. A staffing company can take on as much of the hiring process as you want.
One of the best aspects of working with an agency is that you can outsource as much or as little of the process as you like.
Some agencies place job openings, review applications, and perform phone interviews before handing the remainder of the process off to your hiring manager.
Others will include personality testing, technical skills testing, and one or two rounds of in-person interviews before you take over for the final selection.
Basically, you can be as involved as you want to be.
9. Establishing a long-term relationship with an agency can save you time and money.
The more you work with an agency, the better it will get to know your company culture and employer brand.
In the long run, this often results in shorter hiring processes and better hires.
Partnering with a specialized agency for hiring tech talent clearly offers a lot of benefits for employers. And since you always want the best people for your company, working with an agency can provide you with the expertise you need, when you need it.
To learn more about our technology staffing services and how we can help you with hiring your technology work force, contact us today.