How Much Does It Cost to Work With a Southern Staffing Agency?

Posted April 18, 2014

Have you ever considered using a staffing firm to help with your recruiting and hiring needs, but worry that they’re too expensive?

Think about how much you spend on job postings and on the man-hours required to sort through resumes, make phone calls, perform initial screenings and schedule interviews.  Using a staffing firm can save you the time of most of these tasks, plus produce more favorable hires.

The costs associated with working with a staffing firm are less than you might expect, while the bonuses and savings might be more. Here’s an overview of what you can expect:


All staffing firms charge fees for the work they perform—to the company looking for employees, never to job seekers! How does it work?

  • By Percentage:  In a direct hire situation, most staffing firms charge anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of the employee’s annual salary, depending on the position’s seniority, as their payment for securing the right candidate. But a fee should never be a surprise. A reputable staffing firm will work with you to find the best fee schedule to meet your needs.
  • Hourly: If you need to hire someone for a day, a week or another short-term gig, you will probably be charged an hourly rate. The staffing firm will then pay the employee a percentage of what you pay them.

Cost Savings

One expenditure that you’ll save by using a staffing firm is the cost of insurances that the staffing company covers as part of payroll, including workers’ compensation and unemployment. The staffing firm also takes on the liabilities associated with these costs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average direct cost for a new employee is almost $58,000 including basic wages, benefits and taxes. If you add in the cost of paying a current employee overtime during the vacancy of the position, or of letting the work go undone, plus recruiting and advertising costs and screening and testing costs, this number can quickly grow. Working with a staffing agency can provide you with a predictable cost per hire and should also offer a guarantee to support the quality of their talent. So aside, from paying the firm a fee for their help in finding an employee, you’ll be able to save a good deal of time and money on your end.

Want to know more? Call Team Ambassador! We’d be happy to share information about our various programs and costs, and how we can make them work for you. If you are looking for staffing agencies in Charlotte and the rest of the U.S., contact us today.