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With many projects completed yearly in the construction industry, a substantial and skilled workforce is required. So, where does the labour required on-site come from? Some construction companies hire labour directly, but many use recruitment agencies to supply labour on-site for a range of roles.

Construction recruitment agencies typically supply temporary staffing, providing clients with the labour required on a project, and offering jobs to candidates who are looking for work on a short-term basis. Recruitment agencies not only support companies in their search for short-term staff, but they can also support clients in their search for permanent or contract staff, whilst matching candidates with well-suited long-term positions, too.

To decide whether using an agency to supply labour is beneficial for a company, the objectives of a project, the company values and deadline requirements must be considered.

Several benefits of using a recruitment agency are:

A large pool of candidates

  • Recruitment companies have a large pool of candidates on their internal database and will have immediate access to candidates who they have built relationships with for years.
  • The candidates within recruitment agency talent pools have a multitude of skills within their dedicated sectors and wealth and range of experience.
  • With a large pool of candidates, recruitment consultants have personal one-to-one relationships with candidates, allowing for a more detailed and suitable match between a job role and candidates – subsequently resulting in specific requirements automatically being catered to in more detail, to suit a company/client’s needs.
  • Recruitment agencies are also able to advertise jobs on platforms they know have a large reach to a certain target audience of candidates the use of these networks is immediate.


  • The process of hiring staff for a business can be time-consuming. After taking time to review job applications, and assess applicant experience and suitability, whilst scheduling interviews, it can take a long time to hire staff for a project.
  • Using a recruitment agency benefits a company by taking control of the following steps:
    • Sourcing candidates who specifically match job requirements
    • Checking qualifications against job descriptions
    • Arranging interviews
    • Processing background checks and right-to-work verifications – Screening, referencing, and background checks are legal requirements for recruitment agencies to check. By outsourcing your labour supply, companies can focus their time on internal aspects of a project.

Expert experience within the field

  • Construction recruiters have a deep understanding of the current job market within their designated industry. They can give expert advice on current rates, market knowledge, legal changes, and the skills to identify the most suitable candidates for any given job role.
  • As recruiters work with clients and candidates continuously, they have a comprehensive understanding of the skills and qualifications needed for specific roles, the costs involved, how to obtain a certain qualification required for a job, and how long it would take to obtain the qualification.
  • Geographic knowledge, allowing seamless matching of candidates and job roles.
  • Expert knowledge within the field, paired with geographic knowledge allows for the seamless matching of candidates and job roles.

Relationship building over time

  • Over time, relationships can be built with recruitment agencies that are both candidate and client-focused, resulting in successful and straightforward matches between the agency, client, and candidates.
  • Trust and synergy can be established between a recruitment agency and a client. This is beneficial to a client and makes their company hiring more straightforward as they can use a recruitment agency which understands their company’s needs, values, and requirements from before.
  • Whilst sourcing the right candidates for a client’s role, recruitment agency staff are also able to develop long–lasting relationships with candidates, ensuring workers supplied are trustworthy, and over time an agency may be able to find a candidate multiple roles throughout their careers.

With a large pool of candidates, time efficiency, a broad range of industry, client, and candidate-based knowledge, as well as consistent relationship building, the use of recruitment agencies could not just be beneficial for a company and their projects, but also for the individual staff members involved within the hiring process.