The following article is a guest post provided by Brittany Lahure From Matrix Labour Leasing Ltd.. Matrix Labour Leasing Ltd. is a full-service construction-staffing agency whose clients include both small and large companies across Canada. Matrix supports construction businesses by providing recruitment, training and benefit programs for employees.
Labor leasing agencies recruit, train and manage the talent for you. One of the biggest misconceptions about using an outside agency is the cost to the bottom line. Companies and contractors alike often think that using a construction-staffing agency will cost them money when, in fact, using the right agency can save money: the quality of talent can be higher, the HR burden is lifted, and the flexibility of a leasing agency means that you can manage the unavoidable ebb and flow of work.
Here are the top 3 reasons to use a labor leasing agency:
1. Skilled and highly specialized labor
Labor leasing agencies have access to a large number of experienced, highly skilled workers ready for fast deployment. Using a staffing agency ensures that the construction professionals are well-vetted masters of their craft.
2. HR burden is alleviated
A labor leasing agency provides more than skilled employees: it also provides human resource strategies that can save company money. By providing appropriate training, managing employee files and burdens, organizing staff for benefits, a staffing agency can save you money and time, allowing you to focus on what you do best.
3. Manage ebb and flow
Staffing agencies have networks that include passive candidates, which means that your company can easily manage the ebb and flow of work without having to add full time employees to your payroll.
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