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Temp Staffing Agency or Recruitment Agency – what’s the difference?

Whether you are considering your business staffing needs, or deciding the next step on your career path, you may wonder what the key differences are between a Temp Staffing Agency and a Recruitment Agency. Who is best placed to help with you?

The recruitment industry has perhaps done a disservice to both employers and jobseekers by not having a clear marketing strategy which helps people understand the key differences, so let me help clarify.

Temp Staffing Agency or Recruitment Agency – what’s the difference?

Temp Staffing Agency

A temporary staffing agency or legal term “Employment Business” focus primarily on the placement of temporary workers with a limited scope and term of work.

ü Provides temporary workers who can cover for a regular employee’s absence due to illness, maternity, holiday cover, or a sudden departure without notice.

  • Temporary workers are “employed” by the temp agency and loaned to employer and best for short term needs, less than 2 months.

  • Temp staffing agencies recruit from a limited pool as candidates will be “unemployed” as they need to be available for work immediately.

  • When seeking a new role – temp staffing agencies are best for those individuals who want work immediately and are unemployed and can start straight away.

Recruitment Agency

A recruitment agency, on the other hand, is more focused on the long-term needs of clients. Recruitment agencies or legal definition “Employment Agency” tend to focus more on the fit between candidate and company, placing the right person in the right position for long-term success.

  • A company is looking to invest in top quality employees for long-term growth.

  • Hiring staff takes up a lot of time – if your resources are limited and a company needs to expand candidate reach, outsourcing their tasks for hiring to a qualified professional will be a more cost-effective solution.

  • Recruitment agencies are specialised in matching candidates to companies based on both skills and company fit.

  • Recruitment Agencies recruit from an expanded pool of both those looking for work due to being unemployed and those who are seeking next step in their career path.

The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 supplement the 1973 Act. The regulations apply from 6 April 2004 and define two types of agency.

  • An employment agency is one that provides staff who is then employed by the client employer.

  • An employment business on the other hand, provides staffs who do not become employed by the hirer but who are seconded or supplied to a client employer.

So an employment business pays their staff directly, whereas an employment agency spends time resourcing to find staff and passes them onto an employer who deals solely with their remuneration.

Neither type of agency can charge workers for placing them or require them to use other services for a fee.

Recruitment Bee is therefore a “Recruitment Agency” - For over 20 years I have been spotting talented individuals matching people to the right teams from among my network of contacts, recruiting the those with the right attitude which allows me to find new employees that will really fit in and add value to your business.

If you would like a coffee and a chat to see how I can help you with recruit your perfect team fit, or wish to register with me to keep abreast of the latest opportunities, do call me on 07580 461297 or drop me an email at



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