February 10, 2015 lauren

The Difference Between RPO and Other Types Of Staffing

RPO - Recruitment Process OutsourcingNothing is easy when running a business, especially the recruiting process. After all, managers often have to find adequate candidates, go through resumes, conduct interviews, and select new employees without it interfering with their other duties.

Anytime you have to search for new employees, it takes time out of your day and leads to stress. Luckily, it is possible to outsource most of these functions to firms that specialize in recruiting. You will have some choices when selecting a recruiting firm, depending on the type of workers you require and how much your needs will evolve into the future.

The distinction between RPO and other types of staffing is that in RPO, the service provider assumes control of the process. Here are the differences between RPO and other types of staffing:

Direct Hire

When you go with a direct hire recruiting firm, you are provided with a number of candidates from which to choose for a full-time position. You will contact the firm every time you require a new employee, provide a list of desired skills or traits, and then wait for the firm to do its job. Direct hire agencies work well when you have a sudden job opening that you need to fill, but don’t have the time or resources to conduct a thorough search on your own.

Contract to Hire

Using a firm that does contract to hire staffing provides you with more flexibility than direct hire because you will not hire the worker permanently from the start. Instead, the employee will work with you on a contract basis. Later, you can choose to either hire the worker as a full-time employee or let the worker go once the contract has expired. This gives you the ability to try a worker on the job before awarding him or her with stable employment.

Temporary Staffing

A temporary staffing agency provides you with short-term workers whenever you need them. This comes in handy if you have a sudden shortage of workers or if you require a worker with a specific skill set for a particular project, but don’t have enough work to justify making a permanent hire. A temp agency has access to many potential workers, so you won’t have to wait long for help to arrive.

RPO Staffing

Recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) firms handle a company’s recruiting process in its entirety. This includes sourcing new talent, hiring workers, and even dealing with exit strategies when employees leave the organization. In basic terms, the RPO firm is responsible for 100% of the organization’s recruiting functions. The result is that the organization runs more efficiently because it always has the optimum number of staff members and is able to fix staffing shortages before they become major problems.