Blog | 06.21.19

Temp Staffing vs. Direct Hire: Which Is Right for Your Business?

Finding the perfect HR candidate for the job is no easy task, particularly if you’re hiring for a brand new position. Even if a candidate performs well in interviews, you can’t really know how he or she will perform on the job until some time has passed. In that case, you might be interested in temp staffing. Or maybe you’re looking to hire someone immediately in the hopes that he or she will grow into the role and become a valuable asset to your workplace. Direct hire is often the right move there.

At HR Personnel Services, we take pride in making HR recruiting and staffing easier for every employer. So today, we’ve put together a helpful guide to the differences between temp staffing and direct hire, so that you can be better prepared to write those job descriptions and find the perfect person for the role.

Temp Staffing

Temp staffing (or temporary employment) is a popular hiring method for unpredictable, limited-term workloads—including leaves of absence or seasonal peaks. It’s essentially the use of temporary employees on an interim basis to fill the temporary needs of your organization. With temp staffing, all talent is employed by the staffing firm you partner with—and all positions usually have an established timeframe.

The greatest appeal of temp staffing is its flexibility. This hiring approach empowers your business with a team of employees who are eager to gain more experience in your industry. For example, with an HR temp agency like us, your organization can access a hand-selected group of HR specialists (employed by us), all available on short notice to suit a breadth of roles. Best of all, we offer HR temp staffing on a short-term or longer-term basis, allowing you to meet your HR needs without the stress or costs of hiring on full-time HR employees yourself.

Direct Hire

What does direct hire mean? It refers to a situation where an organization seeking a candidate directly offers them the job. Unlike temp staffing, direct hire is ideal for companies with a role that needs to be filled long-term. Permanent employees demand more investment from your company than temporary staff (especially once you factor in benefits on top of salary), but ultimately become highly qualified professionals that you can utilize full-time.

The most important element to direct hiring is assessing compatibility. Does this potential full-time employee meet your business needs and suit your company culture? That’s why many employers work with recruitment firms for direct hires. For example, at HR Personnel Services, we specialize exclusively in the placement of HR professionals. For direct-hire HR positions, we’ll connect you with highly experienced, productive candidates that suit your company’s vision, mission and culture. From entry-level jobs and general staff to HR executives, you can count on us for targeted staffing expertise for positions at all organizational levels.

Choosing What’s Best for Your Business

Temp Staffing

When should you consider temp staffing? Well, typically, employers leverage this approach when they have a time-sensitive project that needs to be finished or temporary positions that need to be filled due to changes in demand. It’s very common for organizations to invest in temporary staff for seasonal help—or to manage workloads when an employee is temporarily out. HR temp staffing is the perfect way to fill vacancies in your HR department, manage short-term growth in your workload, or execute tasks that spill over from your full-time staff’s schedules.

Direct Hire

Direct hiring is slower and more involved than temporary staffing, but offers greater stability and continuity in the long run. In other words, if you have a permanent position you need filled at your company—and have a sustainable workload for them to manage—then direct hire is the way to go. However, because hiring a permanent employee is such a major investment, it’s often beneficial to work with an experienced recruiting firm to ensure you find candidates that complement your needs and goals.

Contract to Hire

There’s also the third option of a contract to hire staffing model. What does contract to hire mean? It’s basically a fusion of direct hire and temporary staffing—where your company hires an employee on temporarily for an established contract period. This approach is appealing for companies that want to test the need for new positions and evaluate the impact of potential employees.

If you’re interested in exploring contract to hire solutions for HR roles, HR Personnel Services can help. Our highly experienced recruiting staff can provide skilled and capable HR candidates anywhere in the nation. These contract employees can work at your location or remotely—serving as employees of our agency or as independent contractors.

Secure Top-Notch Candidates

Ready to find top-notch HR candidates to support your business? Then be sure to connect with HR Personnel Services today. For the past two years, we’ve been ranked by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Recruiting Firms”—delivering highly qualified HR candidates that make a meaningful impact for the clients we serve. Together, we can strengthen your HR efforts and position your business for long-term success. 

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