What exactly is a labour hire agency and what do they do?

Labour hire agencies provide employment services. They supply other companies with temporary workers, in exchange for a fee. Businesses often use labour hire agencies as a way of streamlining their processes by outsourcing recruitment, allowing them to focus on more core aspects of the business.
It is important to note that these supplied workers are employees of the labour hire agency, and not the business that has decided to use the labour hire agency's services. This means that the labour hire company is responsible for the temp worker's pay, their superannuation, insurance, worker's compensation, etc. The business using the labour hire agency can just sit back and relax.

As of late, the use of labour hire agencies has been increasing and is fast becoming a popular method of recruitment. Businesses in the construction, mining, healthcare and social assistance, and warehousing industries, in particular, are relatively frequent users of labour hire services.
A potential reason for the upswing in labour hire, is the shift away from traditional 9 to 5 roles, and towards greater flexibility. Also, with the recent surge in residential and infrastructure construction projects, the use of labour hire agencies are expected to grow alongside this boom.

Why should your business use a labour hire agency?

There are many benefits to using a labour hire agency. Here are a few of the top reasons why businesses are outsourcing recruitment to labour hire agencies.

1) Get Skilled, Pre-vetted Workers Sent Directly To You
One of the best things about using a labour hire company, is that they often have access to a large pool of workers with a range of skills, qualifications, licences, etc. This means that they are able to quickly source and place a worker that matches the specific requirements of the role that needs to be filled. With a labour hire agency you'll receive the best candidate for the position without any of the fuss. If you find that the fit isn't quite right, then the labour hire agency will be able to quickly replace the worker for you.

2) Save Time and Money On The Hiring Process
The hiring process can often be long, costly and arduous.  You have to advertise the position, sift through applications, interview potential candidates, debate which candidates would be right for the role, interview them again, and so on. Then, once it's all done you'll have to train them. When you use a labour hire agency, you won't have to deal with any of that. For a flat fee, they will take care of the entire hiring process, so that you can divert precious time and resources towards other business functions.

3) Scale Your Workforce Up & Down Depending On Demand
Most businesses experiences fluctuations in demand. Increased demand can be challenging as it puts pressure on your business and existing employees. Using the services of a labour hire agency can help you cope, as they can send you quality workers to assist with the increased workload. Conversely, when demand starts to wind down, labour hire gives you the freedom to scale back your workforce. This is because, since the workers supplied by labour hire agencies are temporary, once the agreed work is over there is no obligation to keep them on. Thus, making it a cost-effective way to hire, that allows your business to stay fluid.

4) Let Someone Else Do All The Hardwork For You
When you use a labour hire agency, all you have to do is sit back relax and wait for the workers to come to you. Since the worker is the employee of the labour hire agency and not your company's, they take care of all the administrative details that can be complicated and time-consuming. Labour hire agencies help make the hiring process as stress-free as possible, so you can focus on getting the job done.

If you're looking to use a labour hire agency to take care of your recruitment needs, why not give Workfast a go! We've got a large database of quality, pre-vetted workers ready to lend a helping hand. Click here or call 1300 824 403 to request staff.