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B Astute – There is a hidden cost to job vacancies…

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Company Accountants are very good at assessing the cost to hire someone. Cost per hire can be determined by a simple addition of recruitment fee (where applicable), advertising costs, Management’s time interviewing, administration’s time on boarding, etc.

What this approach fails to take account of is the cost of NOT filling the role.

Consider what happens when there’s a lengthy vacancy. Leaving a position open can lead to lost productivity and greater stress for your existing employees. Existing staff experience increases in their workload as responsibilities are transferred. This can result in resentment which could spill over to effect customer satisfaction, lower profits and less creativity. These costs cannot be ignored but are difficult to define and calculate.

A simpler approach:

  1. Calculate the annual revenue generated per employee (divide annual company revenue by the number of revenue generating employees).
  2. Calculate the daily revenue per employee (Divide the above number by the working days per year (roughly 210 days after sick days, public holidays, etc)).
  3. Now multiply this amount by the number of days the role has been unfilled to find the cost of NOT filling the role.

Make sure that once a potential candidate is identified that you move efficiently to interview and offer otherwise you magnify the number of days the role has been unfilled!  You also risk losing that candidate to a competitor or a counteroffer.  Time kills all deals.

Compare the cost of NOT filling the role with amount you spend to hire a new employee.

It makes a lot of sense to contact the B Series to discuss your vacancy with experienced, specialist recruitment consultants.  We know how to reduce the cost of NOT filling the role.

Written by

James Humphries

James is a Senior Executive Recruitment Consultant with Barclay Recruitment part of the B Series Group of Recruitment Consultancies. For the past 10 years James has been a specialist recruitment and search consultant working in Engineering Consulting, Design and Construct, EPCM and Resources production markets for Water, Power, Oil & Gas and Building Services industries across Australia and the region. James attended the University of Queensland and has an Arts and Journalism Degree.