Do you need to use a recruitment agency to fill your vacancy?

Competition to fill your vacancy

It has been a difficult period for business. Those that have made it through the pandemic are now looking to maximise the current economic growth, while keeping a close eye on costs. One potential area to save money is in  recruitment. But as we recover from the economic effects of the pandemic, business leaders need to decide whether or not to utilise a recruitment agency to fill a vacancy, or bring recruitment in-house. 

Many businesses are now looking to recruit, either because of growth, or because they may have let people go when business was not going so well. Competition for candidates is fierce however as we are seeing record levels of vacancies being advertised in nearly every sector. So how should your business move forward?

How do you decide what is right for your business?

Business owners and managers often wear a variety of different hats in their role including Human Resources. As no-one knows their business better, it might be right to manage the recruitment process directly and save some money, but it might not!

Like any project, whether it be painting the ceiling, creating a website, or recruiting a member of staff, it is important to understand what is involved. This includes what time and resources will required, how long it might take,  in order make the decision on whether to ‘do it yourself’ or engage a professional.

So what is involved in recruitment?

We are sometimes asked why a business should use a professional recruitment agency to help them fill a vacancy when they can do it themselves. We like this question as we get to explain the things we do which our clients don.t generally get to see. There is so much more involved in recruitment than sending a CV!

  1. Planning
  2. Marketing the role
  3. Searching / Matching / Shortlisting
  4. Managing the interview / offer process

If your recruiter introduces the perfect candidate within a few days after being given the brief, this should not be seen as lucky, or money for nothing. Far from it, this is because your recruitment agency has done a great job. This is the best outcome possible in terms of time and money, and it is exactly why you have agreed to bring in a professional. But that is not to say that you should always use a recruiter to fill your vacancy!

Questions to ask yourself

  1. How difficult is the role to fill? How common are the skills you are looking for?
  2. Do you have time available to perform the tasks listed above?
  3. What is your budget for your recruitment campaign?
  4. Do you know where, and how you are you going to advertise your vacancy?
  5. Do you have a network that could help you find the right candidate?
  6. Can you afford to get it wrong or have the vacancy open for a long time?

As with any task, you don’t always have to use a professional. I could take a couple of days off from my day job, I could buy my own ladder, paint, brushes, rollers, hire some scaffolding, and paint my ceiling myself. It would take me a little longer and the finish might not be quite as good as I was hoping but I might wish half way through I had gone with a professional.


If you would like to talk to an experienced recruiter about a recruitment campaign you are looking at launching in the next 12 months, contact The Burford Recruitment Company on 01993 225055 or email to arrange a chat.