Posted: March 23, 2023

The Construction & Engineering industries in Ireland rely heavily on the use of specialist recruitment agencies to search for and supply candidates for both permanent & contract positions to satisfy the seemingly never-ending demand for the highest quality professionals.


Whether you are a small SME Contractor or a large Tier 1 Main Contractor, the chances are that you have had to engage the services of a recruitment agency during a busy hiring period.


Recruitment can be a costly endeavour for any business. Recruiting for job vacancies also comes with an element of risk. It is critical to get it right first time, as much as possible – and looking at the value added, and the opportunities created is surely more important than simply calculating the recruitment fee costs?


The primary advantages of using any specialist recruitment agency, like Sonas Technical, should be to attract the best talent – and to save your business time, hassle & money in a broader sense of things.


1. Attracting Top Talent

A good recruitment agency will advertise your vacancy, search their databases, as well as pro-actively searching and marketing your vacancy to suitable prospective candidates based on your needs.


The benefit of this is that your vacancy is viewed by far more candidates than if you posted your vacancy independently. More importantly it reaches a higher volume of suitable candidates.


Specialist recruitment agencies, like Sonas Technical, have access to a far larger pool of potential candidates than many companies alone, and are more experienced in identifying & filtering potential hires.


Sonas Technical for example has access to a database of over 45,000 candidates, many of whom who see us as their preferred recruiter and are willing to be contacted about vacancies we feel match their skills and career goals.


2. Vetting Candidates

A good recruiter should be able to save any business considerable time by vetting candidates on their behalf.


At Sonas Technical, we do this by filtering unsuitable CV’s and speaking to relevant candidates to ensure they are a strong match for your job role in terms of:

  • Relevant experience & salary expectations,
  • Fit the culture and dynamics of your business,
  • Legitimate motivation to join your business,
  • Have strong references from previous employers

Once this process has been completed, we can present a high-quality shortlist of the most suitable candidates for your vacancy.


3. A Consultative Approach

Whilst many clients use recruiters purely to search and select candidates, there are several ways that a recruitment consultancy can help a business, including by providing:

  • Market intelligence and trends,
  • Salary benchmarking & negotiations,
  • Recruitment strategy guidance,
  • Headhunting & Executive Search.

A genuinely good specialist recruiter will have a strong network of good contacts within their chosen industries and will keep themselves up to date on relevant market trends. They can be a fantastic source of information and advice for our clients.


4. Providing the Option of Contractors

More and more companies are now considering hiring Contractors to fill a need in their business. A contractor is someone who agrees to provide his or her expertise to a company to complete a specific project or projects, often within a fixed period of time.


Contract roles can offer greater flexibility, work/life balance & the opportunity to increase hourly earnings for the Contractor themselves. While providing the client with a specialist skillset, reduced onboarding times, corporate agility, minimal overheads & access to a wider, Global Talent pool.

You might prefer to hire a contractor when you need help quickly. You’ll get someone with a specific skillset & expertise. And they’re responsible for their own training and professional development.


Although you usually pay more per job / per hour with a contractor, your business could save money in the long run, if you get someone who does the job more efficiently.


If an independent contractor doesn’t work out, you’ve got no obligation to hire them again. But if you hire an employee, and need to let them go, it’s not always easy.

5. Share the risk

The industry norm is for recruitment consultancies to provide a rebate period for new hires & Sonas Technical are no different. Typically, this is a limited period of time where the recruitment agency offers a percentage of their fee as a rebate to the client on the rare occasion that a new starter does not work out as expected.


Most of the recruitment in the construction & engineering sectors is undertaken on a contingent basis. This means that there are no fees up front, and the client is only charged a fee if the recruitment agency successfully fills the vacancy.


The truth is that even the largest Engineering and Construction businesses with large HR departments & dedicated internal recruiters regularly use recruitment agencies for both contingency and specialist headhunting & executive search assignments.


For some, the biggest objection to using a recruitment agency is the cost. However, when you factor in all the time, wages, opportunity cost and dedicated advertising costs needed for internal staff to carry out the recruitment process, it is often cheaper and much more effective to outsource to a specialist recruiter.


Sonas Technical is a long established, specialist recruitment services provider serving Ireland, the UK and international markets. As experts in the field of Irish & international Engineering and Construction talent solutions, we are the specialist recruiter of choice for a number of the best employers both in Ireland, the UK, mainland Europe, Canada & Australia.


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