The Risks & Costs of Recruitment Gone Wrong!

The Risks & Costs of Recruitment Gone Wrong!

It’s always a relief when you hire a shiny brand-new recruit into your company after a long recruiting slog. However, as soon as they step through the door there is potential for things to turn sour for your company very quickly.

The most common cause of recruitment gone wrong is when it transpires that the new hire is not qualified to competently perform the job. More seriously, it may be that they have failed to inform you of a previous offence or misinformed you about some personal circumstances which may subsequently affect their working life. Whatever the reason for the hiring failure, it can have disastrous consequences.

According to the CIPD, the average cost of filling a vacancy is £4,000. If the recruit doesn’t work out first time round, you can expect to double this for the cost of hiring again. If you recognise a wrong hiring decision within six months, the cost of replacing that employee is still going to cost you two and a half times that person’s salary.

While there is certainly a financial cost to hiring the wrong job applicant, it can also have other negative effects on your company too. Along with wasting your recruitment budget, you’ve also lost productivity and damaged employee relations and morale. Depending on the nature of the recruit you let go, you may even receive negative publicity from them in your local community or industry.

Many SMEs don’t use recruitment services because they simply think it’s too expensive and not worth a try. However, when viewed against the risks and costs of hiring the wrong recruit, using a recruitment agency is a no-brainer.

A recruitment agency will know what talent is available in the market, where they are and how to reach out to them. At dh Recruitment we have many networks which we have built up over the years and we use these to source the best candidates. A recruitment agency will also know what candidates expect when it comes to salary rates and career progression.

Most in-house recruitment efforts are aimed at attracting applicants; however, these people may not be good matches for the role. As a result, a lot of time will be invested in filtering and assessing them. Using a recruitment agency means that you only see candidates, job seekers, who have been pre-selected to match all the criteria that you are looking for. It’s obvious that for an overloaded HR or in-house team, there are many benefits to getting a trusted recruitment agency on board.

dh Recruitment is a reliable and friendly team of recruiters who always have your best interests at heart. Being a local agency gives us a real insight into the recruitment opportunities and businesses in the region, which puts us at an advantage when giving the best advice. To find out more about recruiting for a small business, give us a ring on 01905 617000 or email

Severn Wye Ltd. trading as dh Recruitment Hereford and Worcester.