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Kenyan firms advised to outsource hiring

\"\"NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 25 – Companies have been urged to start outsourcing their recruitment needs to enable them to get talented people who can drive growth in their organisations.

International Development Partners (IDP) East Africa Director George Andre said on Thursday that enlisting the services of recruitment agencies would also enable firms to focus on their cores business as well as save more than 80 percent of its staffing costs.

“Many HR (Human Resources) managers today are business partners in the organisation who are called to its functioning and so you need to free their time from the screening or trashing of 800 applications they’ve received in order to enable them concentrate on those aspects that add real value to the business,” he said.

He said getting the right talent and cutting costs was ideal particularly at a time when many businesses are grappling with fierce competition and a myriad of challenges occasioned by the effects of the fading global recession.

Mr Andre who spoke during the launch of their new recruitment service line said failure to source the right human capital for a job costs an organisation an upward of Sh70,000 in wasted time, the benefits and wages paid to them and lost opportunities of hiring excellent talent.

“If the cost of failure on a salesman is over Sh70,000 due to their salaries, recruitment and compromise fees, then imagine what the cost of bad recruitment is for a senior executive like a Chief Executive Officer,” he said.

He however advised firms to create a conducive environment in the workplace to encourage people to stay longer and in turn help them retain talent.

“This is what we call talent paradigm where after you get the person on board; you look at how to manage the person, how to develop him and also how to make sure that you retain the person. These are your talents and you need to make sure that nobody is plucking them away from you,” Mr Andre said.

He expressed confidence that with such kinds of initiatives, firms would be able to compete effectively and record growth which would in turn contribute to economic development.

Mr Andre added that the number of corporates seeking the services of recruitment agencies locally was growing rapidly thus pointing to the fact that Kenya is a hub for manpower resources that should no longer depend on foreign firms for the provision of such services.

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This, he said was what prompted the firm – which is a subsidiary of a Mauritius based accounting and auditing practice De Chazal Du Me (DCDM) which has operated in Kenya for the last 15 years – to diversify into the recruitment line.

Consultant Sam Gichuki said the service will be backed by a job search engine where individuals searching for jobs can post their CVs in a database that contains over 40,000 resumes.

Mr Gichuki said they would focus on establishing the partnerships with their clients which would see them offer tailor-made human resource packages at a cost efficient budget.

“We will assist organisations to assess the performance of their staff either once or twice a year so that it doesn’t just end with talent acquisition and placement of the person. We can also come in to do performance to leadership competencies.  We can gauge performance as part of the HR performance audit,” he said.

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