So factors that inflate the cost of your IT specialist are:
- employee turnover (in Canada, the average employee tenure is 6 years, 30% of employees change job every 1 - 3 years, about 20% of all new hires quit in 12 months!)
- IT recruitment agencies that charge 15%-30% off each employee's annual pay as a service fee
- Your time to hire (TTH)
Now let's delve into some details. According to the 2015 Recruiter Survey by Social Talent, the average time to hire a developer resource is 43 days. An unfilled position can cost you upwards of $500 a day. During this period, your team productivity loss (if you have an in-house team up and running and are looking to add new skills / roles to it) can cost you over $21,500, while the cost of recruiting a new resource can amount to $32,000.
In order to calculate your cost per hire (CPH), you need to consider the following parameters:
- Internal costs
- Workstation setup
- On-job / off-job training
- Induction and orientation
- Temporary staffing (if applicable)
- Managerial time (e.g. interviewing candidates, etc)
- Salary, benefits, and career development of the recruiting team
- External costs
- Third party fees
- Technology fees
- Consulting services
- Travel expenses (if you want to invite a candidate from another country/city to visit your office)
- Job / project advertising / promotion
- Governmental compliance
- Relocation fees
- Immigration expenses
The two latter points should be considered if you're looking to bring in skilled employees from abroad.
As such, your CPH = internal costs + external costs / number of hires.
Now let's crunch some numbers to determine how much it actually costs you to hire a software developer. Let's assume you want to hire a senior Full Stack developer in Vancouver. The annual salary of this resource is $80,000. Your time to hire is 43 days (see above). In best case scenario, your agency fee will amount to $16,000 (20% off $80,000). If you manage to fill in position internally, your in-house recruitment efforts will cost you 12% of your developer's annual salary (on average), i.e. $9,600. In case of a hybrid solution (agency + in-house recruiters), get ready to pay 17% on top of your developer's salary, i.e. $13,600.
Further, let's make the following assumptions:
- Your job / project advertising costs: $500
- Employer branding (branded clothes, stationary, etc): $100
- Agency fee: $16,000
- Selection procedures: $100
- IT infrastructure: $1,500
- Total: $18,150
Internal costs (relocation excluded)
- Recruiting staff: $3,000
- Gov compliance: $500
- Learning and development: $500
- Managerial expenses: $3,000
- Total: $7,000
You total cost per hire will be:
$18,150 + $7,000 / 1 = $25,150
Also don't forget about your contractor cover. If your vacancy requires constant coverage, you have to find and pay for temporary staff and these costs will include workstation, legal issues, etc. So, this isn't the exact cost of your hire, that's just an example of how to do the calculation. Your talent acquisition leaders will need to collect accurate spending data for every activity related to filling an open position. Only then you'll be able to calculate the exact cost per hire in your case.
At the end of the day, it's all about your time to hire: the faster you're able to fill in the vacancy, the lower your cost per hire! At Digi117, we source from an exclusive database of local and international IT talent readily available for onsite placement in Canada, and not seen by any other local agency!