The pros and cons of internal vs external hiring

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In today's competitive job market, companies must make smart decisions when it comes to recruitment. One of the biggest decisions they face is whether to hire internally or externally. While each option has its pros and cons, there is no one-size-fits-all answer.

Recruiting top talent in the UK can be a challenge for any business. Recruitment agencies can help streamline the process and ensure a company finds the right candidate. However, before making any decisions, it's important to consider the pros and cons of both internal and external hiring.

Internal hiring: Promoting from within

One of the biggest advantages of internal hiring is that it promotes loyalty among existing employees. It also allows a company to utilise an employee's existing knowledge and experience of the business while providing opportunities for career progression.

However, internal hiring can lead to a lack of fresh ideas within a company. New employees can bring new ideas that internal staff may not have considered.

External hiring: Fresh talent and perspectives

When recruiting externally, companies have access to a wider pool of talent with different experiences and perspectives. This can bring fresh ideas into a business and encourage innovation.

External candidates also come with no preconceived notions about how things should be done within an organisation, meaning they are more adaptable to new ways of working.

It’s not all rosy though, external hiring can lead to resentment among existing employees who may feel overlooked for opportunities. It can also take longer to onboard new employees as they require training on company policies and procedures.

Recruitment agencies: Finding the best candidates

Using a recruitment agency has several advantages for businesses looking to hire great candidates. A reputable agency (*cough, cough, can you think of any?) will have access to a vast network of job seekers that is not available through normal means.

Recruitment agencies also handle all aspects of recruitment, from initial interviews through salary negotiations. This frees up time for you to focus on other essential tasks, saving you hours of searching for the right candidates.

The negatives? We do charge for our services, as much as we'd love to provide them for free. However, we are highly confident in our abilities to find you the perfect candidate. Plus, you get a guarantee with any fee too! We only charge when we successfully place the candidate.

So, what should you do?

Ultimately, the decision to hire internally or externally will depend on your needs and goals. Internal hiring may be the best choice if you’re looking to reward loyalty, while external hiring can help breathe fresh life into a business. Working with a reputable recruitment agency can take the stress away, providing access to a wider pool of talent. If you have a position that needs filling, why not give us a call and we’ll see what we can do?

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