The Cost of Hiring

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The True Cost of Hiring

We know that it’s going to cost money to hire a new employee. That’s a given. But what about
when that new employee doesn’t work out?

Turnover & Employee Retention

The costs of turnover for workers can be upwards of 30% of a person’s annual salary, on
average. One study revealed that for some very highly skilled or complex positions, turnover
costs can reach as high as 213% of that person’s annual salary. Two-hundred and thirteen
percent! Even positions earning less than 50k per year cost 20% in turnover, while those less
than 30k per year, which make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, can cost around 16%.

It’s no surprise then how much of a concern retaining talent can be for businesses. One study
done by the Saratoga Institute found that of their 800 respondents representing 20 different
industries, only 35% have specific turnover reduction plans in place, which means well more
than half of their survey population have no turnover reduction policies in place to work toward
retaining their employees.

Measuring Job Fit

Assessing people for job fit includes more than just measuring skills and experience. It requires
identifying whether the candidate has the right attitude and aptitude for the position. You must
address also if the candidate will fit into the team’s culture and be able to thrive in the current
working environment. The best way to do this? Assessment testing. Another study reveals that
assessment testing is effective in reducing turnover due to the predictive nature these tools
have for measuring various components of potential and actual on-the-job performance.

We went ahead and assessed some of the most common costs an organization can expect to
face when kicking off a new hire campaign initially. Here’s what we found:

Typical Costs

We estimated that typically one or two employees from an organization or HR department are
involved in the hiring process. On average, we estimated the salary of these employees at $22
per hour and the time they would invest in the process of creating and posting job ads,
screening resumes, conducting interviews and reference checks, and onboarding and training a
new employee would be anywhere from 1-2 hours per week for the administrative tasks and up
to 40 or more hours per week for training. This estimate, of course, is based on a strict 30-day
time to fill period. As you can imagine, the costs associated with hiring significantly increase
when the time to fill is higher, exceeding 30 days into 40, 60, or even 90 days.

Other costs include taxes that an employer can expect to pay when hiring someone new to their
payroll and the average overall monthly cost to hire and employ someone new for one month.
The total tax rate figures out to about 18% when added together, so someone with a $60k
annual salary will cost approximately $5446.15 per month, or an additional $111.54 per week on
top of this person’s regular salary, strictly due to taxes and onboarding costs alone.

So Hire Right the First Time

Again, costs associated with hiring are a given. Imagine though, that you hired a new employee
and after 6 months of paying this person’s salary, taxes, and investing yours and other
employee’s time and money into this new hire, they quit, underperform or otherwise don’t work
out. All that investment quickly becomes wasted costs. Poof, gone! Like throwing it out the
window just to watch it blow away.

One of the most powerful ways to avoid a bad hire in the first place is through the use of
pre-employment assessments that measure your candidate’s competency, personality, attitude,
and intelligence. You can’t always be perfect, but you can come pretty close with pre-hire

How Much Are You Spending?

Check out our infographic for more insight into how these hiring costs are broken down. We’ve
also included our interactive “Cost Per Hire Guide” to help you visually understand just how
much investment you make to hire someone new, and how costly hiring can be when you
experience high turnover. You can replace the fields with your own estimates to determine what
your costs per hire might be when you decide to start a recruiting or hiring campaign.

If you’re strapped with high turnover rates or mishires, give us a call to discuss how
implementing the best hiring practices and using assessments in your process can dramatically
reduce your total costs and turnover.

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