5 Things to Look for In a Temp Staffing Agency

In order to make sure that you select the right temp staffing agency we are going to discuss 5 things that you want to look for in a temp staffing agency.

1. Have  Experience in Your Industry

If the temp staffing agency you select has a clear understanding of your industry you can have confidence that they will understand your needs and be able to fill them. They will more readily have access to those individuals that have the desired skills that you are looking for.

Another advantage to your temp staffing agency having industry experience is that it makes them an excellent source of insider info. They will have knowledge concerning the availability of candidates, standard wages and current industry trends.  This knowledge can be used to develop an effective retention strategy and to keep you up-to-date with industry trends.

2. Provide References

Before selecting a temp staffing agency you would want them to provide referencess. This is an important part of doing your homework. It would also make sense if they refer you to companies from within your industry. This will help to establish that they are a reputable agency who possess the needed industry experience.

3. Will Understand and Follow All Legal Procedures

If your temp staff agency is not following proper legal procedures it can be very costly for you. Here are some examples of legal requirement that you want to make sure your agency will be in compliance with:


  • In compliance will all Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) regulations, including the paying of all WSIB premiums
  • In compliance with the Ministry of Labour (MOL), including making sure all workers are legally able to work in Canada
  • Pay all temp workers at least minimum wage


If you were to get audited by the MOL or Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) you do not want to get hit with costly fines or other legal action as a result of your temp staffing agency not being in proper compliance with all legal procedures.

4. Will Properly Perform Background Checks

You should have full confidence that your temp staffing agency will administer background checks on all temps. This will give you the peace of mind that there will be no unwanted legal issues. This will also serve as a protection against identity theft.

5. Properly Screen Workers

You would want to be aware of any tests that are performed by the temp staffing agency to gauge worker’s competence. The screening process would also include checking references and performing background checks. All of these steps will help to weed out the unqualified.

If the temp staffing agency has experience in your industry, have strong references, follows all legal requirements, properly perform background checks and screen workers, you can have confidence that the temp staffing agency you work with will help increase productivity while saving you money.

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