If you are short on time or want the opinion of a trained employment expert before offering a job to someone, an employment agency may be a good fit for you. There are other benefits, most notably the fact that prospective employees have been prescreened and tested for job skills. In addition, they have had their references checked before walking through your door. Once you have worked with an agency to place an employee, they will know enough about your business and the kind of work you do to find people for you quickly.
Most agencies offer a temp-to-hire option. This means that for a designated time, the employee is a staff member of the agency, but physically works at your location performing tasks that you assign. The benefit of this is that you can gauge the person's performance, work ethics, and dependability before making a job offer. Just because someone interviews well doesn't mean that he is a good fit for the job.
Temp-to-hire workers receive their paychecks from the agency and your company pays the agency for this service. They are employees of the employment agency, not your company. Generally, you pay the agency a per-hour rate for the worker. In return, the agency pays the employee a lower per-hour rate. The difference in the two rates covers employer taxes, workers' compensation insurance, benefits, and a service fee to the agency.
Fees paid to employment agencies can be costly. Most guarantee the placement of the people they represent. In this case, if you hire someone from an employment agency and the person doesn't work out within a designated period, the agency will find you a replacement.
Business owners who are fans of employment agencies appreciate the quick accessibility to a pool of qualified job candidates ready to be interviewed. The time saved by not having to place employment ads and check references is a benefit. Take the amount of money you would have spent placing an employment ad and consider the value of your time spent in the recruitment efforts. Calculate this into the expense an agency charges and you may see that it is money well spent.