Hiring a nanny through a placement agency

Hiring a nanny through a placement agency could save time and reduce hassles.

The web has helped automate many tasks to save us time and make our lives easier. However, for families that hire household help, the web hasn’t produced great efficiencies in the hiring process.

In a survey of household employers conducted by GTM Payroll Services, it was clear that hiring a nanny through an agency rather than using an online job site saved time, boosted retention, and reduced the hassles of bringing on board multiple nannies over a short period of time.

A family that goes through an agency rather than an online job site when hiring a nanny, get a better quality nanny, one they’ll keep for longer, and they’ll spend less time finding the right match. Click on the infographic below for a full-size image.

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Hiring a nanny through an agency rather than using an online job site has many benefits for families.

In the same survey of household employers, 74 percent of those that hired through an agency said the hassle-free process and time savings was a top reason they decided to work with placement professionals. Agencies also aim to put forth the best matches for their clients as 91 percent of families said security and the screening of candidates was a top reason for going with an agency. Only the top applicants are presented to families for potential interviews, which helps cut down on time spent hiring and may result in a higher quality nanny whom the family will want to retain for a longer period of time.

The supposed benefit of using an online job site is a wider selection of candidates. However, 83 percent of respondents who used an online job site said the “number of responses from unqualified candidates” was one of the biggest drawbacks of going online to find a nanny. Sifting through applicants that don’t match a family’s criteria can add time and frustration to the hiring process.

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