Welcoming new employees is a joy for every employer, reaching this stage however does not happen overnight. Fulfilling a job opening comes with a lot of challenges and questions, especially when one has to recruit in another country – Where and how can I find the most talented candidates? And perhaps the most crucial question – How will I find time for this? Fortunately, there is a way to provide quick answers and actions; Recruitment Process Outsourcing.
What is recruitment process outsourcing?
Recruitment Process Outsourcing is when a company transfers all or part of their recruitment responsibilities to an external provider. It is a form of business process outsourcing. A Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) provider can act as an extension of a company’s HR department. What are the benefits of Recruitment Process Outsourcing?
Which company does not want to reduce costs? This might be the most obvious reason to outsource your recruitment process, but how can Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) realize a cost reduction?
A recruitment process is costly as it involves a lot of time and labor costs, especially when one has to recruit in a foreign country. Furthermore, there are costs related to advertising, screening and recruiting technologies. These costs can all be (partly) transferred to a Recruitment Process Outsourcing provider. As a result the cost-per-hire, a key HR metric, can be reduced along with the time-to-hire.
- Focus on core business
If done right, outsourcing saves time. When the recruitment process is outsourced to a RPO provider, it doesn’t take anything away from core business activities and enables employers to find the talent they need without distractions from business operations. Even when you as an employer have a dedicated HR professional, it might make sense to outsource your recruitment assignment to a RPO provider that has experience in the industry or country of the specific recruitment. That way your HR professional can focus on the domestic HR needs and responsibilities.
- Access to an exclusive and qualitative talent pool
Finding qualified and suitable candidates in a foreign country is a significant concern for employers operating in a global job market. By choosing the right Recruitment Process Outsourcing provider your company will have access to the relevant talent pool as established RPO providers have an extensive network. Furthermore, it might result in a competitive advantage as a RPO can more quickly and efficiently find top candidates with its extensive knowledge of the talent pools in each country. For example, if you are looking for a highly skilled engineer, technician or innovator, Germany and The Netherlands would be the place to look. As a comparison, Sweden is known for its abundance of skilled workers within the financial sector.
- Experience with national recruitment process
Hiring processes vary per country. Therefore, outsourcing your recruitment process to an outsourcing provider which is familiar with the national habits and culture is more efficient and effective. A RPO provider would be able to talk to your new potential colleague in their native language.
- Scalable, Flexible and Low-Risk
The recruitment or hiring needs of most companies vary throughout the year. RPO providers can scale up or scale down recruitment activities when you request it from them. Furthermore, a RPO works closely together with you as an employer through reporting tools and weekly updates. In the end, you as an employer will make the final decision on your new colleague.
Interested to learn more about how a recruitment process looks like in Europe or what it means for your organization? Feel free to get in contact with on of our HR experts.
EuroDev, established in 1996 with offices in The Netherlands and France, has a single, defined purpose to help mid-sized North American companies expand their business in Europe. We have created a proven, successful business development model and since our founding, have partnered with over 300 companies to help them define and meet their European business goals. Services provided include Sales Outsourcing, HR Outsourcing and Digital Marketing.