Seasonal Retail Workers: 4 Benefits of Using a Recruitment Agency

If you own a large retail business, it is likely that there will be times when you need to hire additional staff to deal with seasonal demands on your business such as Christmas. Finding this team can be very time-consuming. One way of sourcing staff is to use the services offered by a recruitment agency. Below is a guide to 4 benefits of using a recruitment service to find seasonal workers.

Advertising the job

If you are searching for staff yourself, you will need to start by placing advertisements online, in the local labour exchange and the press. Drafting and posting the ad for a position can be very time-consuming. A recruitment agency can take care of advertising your job for you. The company will typically have a large number of potential workers signed up to its mailing list or listed on their database so they can quickly advertise the position to people who are looking for a job and who are likely to apply.

Shortlisting applicants

If you have carried out your own recruitment in the past, you will know that shortlisting candidates can take the best part of a day and will often involve senior members of your business. However, by using an agency, you can free this time up as they will shortlist the applications to ensure only the most suitable people make it through to interview.

Interviewing the candidates

Research has found that the average interview is about 45 minutes. If you need to interview several candidates to fill a number of positions, it is quite possible that the interview process could take up a few days. Again, the people carrying out interviews are usually the senior members of your team who have very busy schedules. Hiring a recruitment consultant allows you to outsource the interviews. The agency will interview each candidate before feeding back the results and their recommendations to you so you can make your final choice.

Managing payroll

Because the seasonal workers will be employed by the agency rather than your company, this means that you are not responsible for dealing with payroll. You simply need to log the hours worked by the agency staff so that this information can be processed by the recruitment agency's payroll department.

If you would like to find out more about the benefit of using a recruitment company, you should give your local agency a call today.