Contingency recruiting is the most widely utilized service model adopted by placement agencies.
Despite this fact, it also has many shortcomings and its inherent nature is largely designed for failure.
The standard agency model was created for contract services, and just in time staffing hiring initiatives.
Largely used for non-technical and unskilled laborers the model is not conducive to direct-hire and especially highly skilled disciplines such as information technology.
In a contingency search, the agency serves as a supplementary resource and is essentially competing with a company's own in-house recruiters, and often other outside vendors.
The model creates a client/vendor relationship in which the agency serves as an external extension of a company's in-house recruiting team.