July 26, 2018 2:15 pm
Undoubtedly you have heard the terms employment agency and staffing agency and wondered if they were simply two different terms for the same thing. No, they are not. There are some very important differences between the two.
An employment agency specializes in placing qualified individuals in long term positions. They have a pool of individuals who are seeking work and they are contacted by employers who have positions to fill. The employment agency then sends qualified employees to the employer who is hiring and the employer decides whether or not to hire the individual.
Staffing agencies work mainly with filling temporary positions for companies. These may be a result of vacations, family leave or a special project. Staffing agencies also provide temporary help during peak busy seasons. They send qualified individuals that have been pre-screened and tested to the employer who puts them to work on the assignment they have been sent to do.
There are some similarities between the two types of businesses. These similarities include:
There are some major differences between an employment agency and a staffing agency.
Your needs as an employer are what determine whether an employment agency or a staffing agency is the best way to proceed. If you are looking to fill a long term position and are confident in your interviewing and hiring skills, an employment agency may suit your needs perfectly. However, if your available position is not long term and full-time or you would rather someone else do the hiring tasks, you are better off with a staffing agency. There are also other times when it makes more sense to hire a staffing agency.
Choose a staffing agency when the following statements pertain to your position:
Choosing an employment agency makes the most sense if:
Many agencies are now a blend of both the traditional staffing and employment agencies and offer placement across a variety of fields. This is especially common in smaller markets where agencies offer more services in order to accommodate local business needs. More and more, staffing agencies are specializing in long term placements as well as handling temporary needs for their clients. Finding an agency that can successfully fill both long term and temporary positions, at all skill levels from entry level to upper management, is often the best fit for businesses. It is beneficial to find an agency that will be able to handle all your hiring needs so you are not having to use multiple vendors. This also allows you to partner with an agency that really gets to know your business and can help you make the right hiring decisions without the time and expense of recruiting and hiring on your own.
This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is created between the author and reader of this blog post, and its content should not be relied upon as legal advice. Readers are urged to consult legal counsel when seeking legal advice.