Nearly three quarters of employers find it difficult to find good recruitment agencies, while a huge nine out of ten believe that recruitment processes take too long.
These are the findings of a survey among 250 UK business owners and HR professionals undertaken by research firm Vanson Bourne and commissioned by TalentPuzzle, an online marketplace, which currently has 429 registered recruiters on its books.
The study indicated that, although a surprising 88% of respondents planned to take on a significant number of permanent staff over the next six months, nearly three quarters would use only a handful of recruitment agencies to help them.
This was because the often high levels of investment required in time and money terms to manage multiple agencies meant that organisations were willing to risk limiting their pool of potential job candidates by not casting their net wider.
Virginia Raemy, TalentPuzzle’s chief executive, said: "Currently employers are caught in a Catch 22 situation when it comes to recruitment. They recognise the importance of recruiting the right people, but many simply don’t have the time to properly devote to it."
As a result, a huge 86% of those questioned said that, if they were able to source good recruitment agencies more effectively, not only would their lives be easier but the quality of candidates would likely improve.