Many families opt to ease the stresses of their working life by making their homelife seamless. They choose to appoint personal assistants, chauffeurs, security personnel, housekeepers, nannies and household staff in general, to save them time and allow them to concentrate on what they do best – running a successful life.
With 91% of surveyed UK employees claiming to work more than their contracted hours, there is no surprise that company leaders need extra hands at home and in their professional lives to help them with the basic tasks.
However, hiring a personal driver, experienced nanny or other personal staff is not as easy as it may seem. The process itself can be time-consuming and involve jumping over a continuous track of quality staff sourcing hurdles, phone interviews shortlisting, meeting for in-person interviews, and complex international background checks and reference checks.
Why Hiring Staff Yourself Is Problematic?
One of the common reasons why affluent families do not seek staff themselves is because it takes up a lot of time to come up with a detailed job description and then find the most suitable spaces to advertise for the role. This is then followed up by more time-consuming screening processes, in-person interviews and international background checks.
Of course, the easiest decision is to offload these responsibilities to one of their current staff members, professional or personal. Yet, these people probably do not have the relevant experience or contacts within the industry to find and screen the candidates. Ultimately, these time-costly processes usually end up in mediocre results which generate even more wasted time and resources.
This is why a recruitment agency would save your time, deliver a more varied array of candidates and ensure higher safety levels. But, still, should you hire yourself or should you use a recruiting agency for that? Here are 5 things to consider, first:
#1: Your Family’s Security
The biggest concerns will be welcoming new staff into your home and private life. This is why carrying out extensive checks is paramount to protect the safety and security of family members, especially younger children or vulnerable adults.
All staffing agencies can take care of completing those checks, and some staffing agencies such as HazeltonClive in London will also carry out international criminal checks to safeguard those who want the best professionals from the continent or further afield.
#2: Privacy and Discretion
If hiring directly yourself, you don’t have an extra layer of anonymity. Your family members could get recognised and identified and could generate unwanted attention. Since high-end staffing agencies work with high-profile clients, they know how to properly protect their identities. The candidates will sign an NDA and will not know the name of the employer until when they’re being invited for the interview with the employer herself.
#3: It Saves You Time
The most obvious benefit of outsourcing the task to find the best personal staff is that it saves you time. This can be saved throughout the whole process from advertising to screening and checking documents.
The more high-end agencies will physically interview at least 10 different candidates for each job opening you present, thus offering you the best possible candidates on the market.
#4: Fewer Financial Risks
If you don’t hire smart and get the wrong staff, repeating the process over again can become a waste of money, time and energy.
Choosing a staffing agency means you can avoid these financial pitfalls because the costs are often lower, and the best agencies provide some type of guarantee if the staff member changes their mind early in the contract. For example, if a candidate leaves the position within 12 months from being hired, the agency will replace them at no extra cost.
#5: Untouchable Professionals; Celebrities & Royal Families Expertise
Not all agencies have access to the best London drivers, butlers and housekeepers. These professionals are in high demand like any other experienced professional and usually jump from different VIP or royal families, on long-term contracts.
Getting contacts with them can be difficult and almost impossible. Even great staffing agencies do not have contacts within these circles – but some do. Finding a high-end staffing agency that has access to drivers with military backgrounds and discreet housekeepers that have worked for major celebrities or royal families is possible.
How to Choose a Staffing Agency?
Londoners have easy access to some of Europe’s most prestigious staffing agencies in and around the capital city. Before deciding on an agency that is right for you, check that their competencies line up with the core benefits above and that they have stellar reviews.
Hazelton Clive offers you a very safe, discreet, premium & truly bespoke household recruiting service. You get 12 months free replacement guarantee, proper background checks and experienced staff (including experience with celebrities and royal families).
Because safety, discretion and finding the right staff are the most important.
Call us at 0808-164-1321 and start hiring today #elitestaffonly!
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