The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Recruitment


Running a successful small business is hard work and time consuming, so getting outside help from time to time is often seen as essential rather than a luxury. In fact there is now a whole industry of business outsourcing services available to help business owners in all areas of running their companies. Perhaps one of the most important aspects of your business that you will be tempted to outsource is recruitment. But what are the pros and cons of outsourcing recruitment? 

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Employees are a vital aspect to a business’ success, if you have a strong, dedicated and hard-working team, your business has a much higher chance of being a success than one that has a high turnover of disinterested and unmotivated workers.

As recruitment is so important it is essential that you consider all the pros and cons to outsourcing your business’ recruitment before you go ahead:

The Pros

Saves time

The recruitment process can be very time consuming and small business owners find that time is a resource they cannot afford to waste. From creating job adverts or social media posts through to conducting second interviews and contacting candidates with the good, or bad, news, the recruitment process can take months.

Outsourcing this to professional recruitment companies will help to quicken the process while also saving you time in having to do every step of the process yourself.


Although outsourcing your recruitment will cost you money, if you keep your recruitment in-house this can in fact prove to be more expensive. Most business owners don’t have the time to take care of the entire recruitment process themselves and will often have to hire recruitment professionals to ensure that the process is conducted legally and efficiently.

Even if an existing member of staff takes on the recruitment process they will still need to receive recruitment training, courses for which can also be expensive. This is before you factor in the cost of posting job ads and time spent interviewing candidates.


Chances are if you’re new to owning a business you have little to no experience in recruitment, so utilising the skills and experience of professional recruiters can help you to avoid many of the mistakes inexperienced recruiters make.

As well as this if your business is within a specialised sector you will be able to use an outsource company that specialises in recruiting for this sector and they will know how to let suitable candidates know about your job role, which you may not be able to do otherwise.

Recommended reading: 6 Ways to Recruit the Best Staff for Your Small Business

The Cons

Lose control

Some companies prefer to keep their recruitment in-house as using outsource recruitment companies can mean you are losing control over the initial parts of the process and as a result which candidates you ultimately end up interviewing.

Potential to waste money

Outsourcing recruitment is like purchasing any other service, you can have good experiences and bad. To ensure that your money isn’t wasted on a recruitment company that doesn’t get you the right candidates for your roles, make sure that you fully research the recruitment company first and ensure that they have a track record of getting results for their clients.

Wrong fit

Recruiting a candidate who is the wrong fit for your team and company could result in low staff morale, plus will add tension within your business. To ensure that you outsource to a recruiter who will fully understand your business’ culture and ethics, make sure that you choose one who will take the time to get to know you and your business, perhaps even visiting your premises to understand how you work.

Recommended reading: Recruitment Strategies: Talent Spotting For Your Business

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