Employers believe line managers should have a much bigger input into recruiting staff, a survey has revealed.
Research conducted by recruitment consultancy Badenoch & Clark revealed that 64 per cent of employers agree that although HR departments control the majority of recruitment, line managers should take more re- sponsibility for hiring their own staff.
The survey of more than 2,000 managers also shows 70 per cent of businesses use agencies to recruit their staff and agree that it is more efficient and cost effective than direct advertising.
A total of 30 per cent of respondents said their HR departments always controlled temporary staff recruitment, 36 per cent revealed HR was mostly responsible and 20 per cent said that their HR departments were never responsible for recruitment of temporary staff.
Nicola Coomber, head of internal recruitment at Badenoch & Clark, said line managers and HR departments should work more closely together in the recruitment of staff.
“It is not a question of cutting out the middle man - it is more a question of how the HR and line managers communicate their requirements with each other,” she said.
“A line manager has his operational function as his top priority. An HR recruiter thinks more broadly and puts company culture into the mixing pot.
“With their involvement, the line manager should be able to recruit the necessary skill set for the operational role, but also benefit from the right cultural fit for the organisation which can prove enormously valuable in the longer term.”