What are 'Staff Agencies'?



When there is a need for qualified personnel to fill a position immediately, a staffing agency is a great resource for just about any type of company. Essentially, a staffing agency is a service that matches the labour needs of their corporate clients with individuals who have the skill sets necessary to meet those needs. Here is some information about how staffing agencies work, and why they can save a company a great deal of money.

The typical staffing agency will operate with a focus on particular sectors of the job market. As an example, a staffing agency may choose to focus on providing day labourers for manufacturing or food service positions.

In other cases, the staffing agency may choose to focus on providing quality clerical personnel for various types of office work. In still other cases, the personnel agency may direct their energies toward providing corporate clients with executive and managerial personnel. Some larger personnel agencies choose to create divisions, with each division focusing on a different sector of the job market.

A staffing agency also usually focuses on providing either personnel for a short time or permanent placement. The short term personnel support is ideal for companies that may need some extra help for a three to six month period, while permanent placement staffing is a great way to find the right people without the company having to use a lot of resources in the hunt. Either way, the staffing agency provides access to a pool of talent that the corporate client probably would not have been able to access.

The staffing agency can be advantageous for several reasons. First, temporary help through a staffing agency does not require going through the hiring process. The company does not have to set up tax forms, with hold taxes or extend any benefits to the temporary personnel. All that is done through the staffing agency. This simplifies the process a great deal for the corporation. While it is true that the company may pay a slightly higher rate per hour for the agency temp, the overall cost remains much lower than bringing on an employee for a short time.