Outsourcing recruitment is a proven way to reduce costs and hire the best talent. This article provides you an overview of recruitment process outsourcing?

The right employees are the key to achieving maximum efficiency and productivity for any company and hence it is important to choose the candidate that best suits the company’s goals. Every organization needs to fill their open positions on time with the right candidates who align completely to the organizational objectives. However, the task is not an easy one, given the fast-paced business environment and the high attrition rate prevalent in the job market. Recruitment process outsourcing is an effective solution for companies to meet the continuous demand for talent and ensure maximum organizational productivity.

What is recruitment process outsourcing?

Recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) is the process of outsourcing the recruitment and selection process to a third-party company. The benefits of RPO are numerous and by outsourcing a company can save substantially on recruitment costs while ensuring a consistent, standardized process. It is generally used by organizations that want to focus on their core business activities, and does not want to invest time and resources in recruitment process.

RPO’s can significantly lower hiring costs, especially for organizations where a huge volume of hiring is regularly happening. By outsourcing the hiring process, you can also scale the hiring process up or down based on your business needs. Furthermore, outsourcing expedites the hiring process. By filling positions faster, the costs of recruiting are reduced and the overall productivity is increased. Additionally, RPO allows companies to enhance the quality of their candidates as the RPO service providers are specialized in identifying qualified candidates and have access to a wide talent pool. 

An RPO provider can act as an extension of a company’s HR function, and provide a comprehensive hiring solution to find the right candidates for the company. To ensure maximum benefits, many organizations outsource a wide range of recruitment-related services, from identifying qualified candidates to final stages such as onboarding and checking background checks. 

Difference between RPO and traditional staffing

Recruitment process outsourcing evolved from traditional recruitment. In RPO, the employer outsources all or part of the recruitment process to an external service provider. The RPO service provider takes the complete responsibility of designing and managing the recruitment process. These vendors are specialists who have exhaustive knowledge of the job market and supports fast hiring. RPO allows companies to fill multiple positions simultaneously and ensures business scalability.

A traditional staffing agency works to connect the employers and employees. These agencies usually conduct the recruitment process under the employer’s brand and charge a service fee based on the number of employees they have successfully hired for the employer.  Companies hire the staffing agencies to help them find the candidates they need. Once the right candidate provided by the agency joins the organization, the agency is paid the agreed fee.

This means that instead of posting jobs on online portals or focusing on referral programs to attract candidates, employers can hire recruitment agencies to help them find the candidates they need. After the recruitment agency determines the right candidate. After joining the company, the agency will be rewarded. This policy encourages companies to use many recruiters to fill the open positions quickly. 

A major difference between the two is that RPO not only fills the vacancies, but also assist the end-to-end recruitment processes of an organization. It’s possible to meet your short-term hiring goals using traditional recruitment agencies. However, if you want to concentrate on achieving long-term recruiting objectives, then you need an RPO partner to get the best long-term results.


A competent RPO service provider extends a strong support to the client and ensures that the staffing needs of the client are met in a timely manner. They offer a highly structured, highly-effective recruitment experience that brings numerous benefits such as reduced cost and improved process efficiency.

SBL has a qualified team of recruitment professionals that has rich experience and knowledge of all stages of the recruitment process, and is proficient in meeting the client requirements on time. Interested to know more about our RPO solutions? Get in touch with us today.