There comes a time when all small business owners must hand over the recruitment reins, and an increasing number are opting to outsource the process to an external provider.

But how do you decide which company to choose and what level of support would be most beneficial to your business?

Contrary to popular belief, recruitment agencies are not the only option. One increasingly popular alternative, which gives small businesses the tools to transform their approach to talent acquisition, is Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO).

If you’re relatively new to the idea of RPO, we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions and have laid out the biggest ways it can benefit your business.

Understanding Recruitment Process Outsourcing

To fully understand the benefits of outsource recruiting, let’s first look at exactly how an RPO provider differs from a traditional recruitment or staffing agency.

Recruitment Process Outsourcing best describes when a company transfers all (or some) of its recruitment to an external organisation – but that’s not what sets it apart.

Unlike an agency, which will offer ad-hoc support as part of a one-off hire, RPO recruiters assume ownership of the process.  Often seen as an extension of a company’s HR function, they are well equipped to support you with the entire end-to-end recruitment solution.

This includes –

If you’re looking for a one-off hire or a quick fix, recruitment agencies can certainly help you source and place candidates.

But if you’re currently experiencing a time of unprecedented growth and are looking to build and implement a long-term recruitment strategy, RPO offers a stronger solution.

The benefits of Recruitment Process Outsourcing

1) Greater quality of hire

If you’ve ever used a recruitment agency, you’ll know this – the process can feel overwhelming.

When recruiting as part of a pay-on-placement method, agencies will compete to be the first to provide a candidate as this is the only way they’ll receive payment for their time. This can leave you with a large pile of candidates who are simply ‘good enough’.

With an RPO provider, good enough isn’t good enough.

Instead of racing to the finish line, an RPO recruiter will work through their well-established database and only progress with candidates that suit the role and complement your company values.

2) Faster and more efficient hiring process

When you have a rapidly growing business, you need a rapidly growing team to drive it forward.

RPO providers can massively reduce the time it takes to recruit top talent as, unlike an agency, they fully immerse themselves in your business, your values, and your industry.

This greater understanding of your company, partnered with a strong recruitment acumen, means they can source suitable candidates quicker and more efficiently.

3) Greater client satisfaction

One of our core values here at Integrated Recruitment is ‘your success is our success’, which shows just how important client satisfaction is to RPO providers like ourselves.

Business owners (or hiring managers) must feel engaged with the process to successfully overhaul their talent acquisition function. When working with an RPO recruiter, you aren’t simply passing over responsibility but forming a strategic recruitment partnership with a company that shares your dedication to succeed.  

How Integrated Recruitment can support you

If your small business is struggling to fill positions with high-quality talent quickly and sustainably, it’s time to consider Recruitment Process Outsourcing.

Here at Integrated Recruitment, we work closely with small businesses just like yours to develop, implement, and execute recruitment strategies that will enable them to build a winning workforce.

To find out more and to book a free consultation call with founder and director Charly, click here.