When our team at Recruit CRM got in touch with Joseph Walsh, Founder and CEO of Sagesa Healthcare, two weeks back to talk about how his recruitment agency has been hiring doctors and nurses all over Ireland, he had some pretty interesting facts to state.
Unlike other staffing firms, Joseph clearly said how they do not use third party agents, and their entire recruitment process offers a very transparent end to end audit trail. They leverage their 35 years of experience in the Spanish local markets to secure exceptional candidates from pipelines unavailable to traditional recruitment firms trying to break through Spain. Their clients mainly are public and private providers of primary, secondary and tertiary medical care with roles from locum placements to long term contracts. Their high demand specialities include, but are not limited to:
- General Practitioners/Family Medicine
- Renal Specialists
- Palliative Care
- Registered Nurses of all experience.
They even assist their professionals at all stages of the relocation process, from registration with the required overseas bodies, logistics to finding a home in the country!
Sagesa & Healthcare Recruitment
When asked about Sagesa Healthcare's challenges at the beginning of starting this recruitment agency, Joseph pointed out how a business always faces challenges, and it's an ongoing process. If you consider the scenario we're presently in with the Covid-19 pandemic surfing throughout the globe, things can get pretty challenging when hiring medical professionals. Not only is the demand high, but there is also a considerable percentage of doctors and nurses falling sick after contracting the virus and in need to quarantine themselves.
The entire healthcare recruitment process is time-consuming, and there's a high turnover, without a doubt. A study conducted by SHRM stated 46% of HR professionals reported it was tough to fill full-time roles for high-skilled clinical positions such as nurses, doctors, and specialists.
For Sagesa Healthcare, their recruitment process takes about 3-6 months from the candidates accepting their offer to moving across countries. He says how the process is so long that quality applicants can get cold feet. Also, maintaining effective candidate engagement is a real challenge.
Why Did Sagesa Healthcare Choose Recruit CRM?
"We used Bullhorn for two years and honestly it's slow, it's dictated, it has a lot of features that we don't absolutely need and I was just getting fed-up of using it. It lacks flexibility. Definitely, it has its place but it doesn't have its place with a small international recruitment company."
Features such as—
- Light-weight design
- Focus on a perfect Applicant Tracking System
- A good Candidate Relationship Management (CRM) Software, and
- Advanced search bar has helped them prioritise this software over others.
Pipeline management was the main issue for Sagesa, from getting candidate paperwork collected, translated, submitted etc. Also, features such as custom fields, reports and dashboards, integrations, understanding which stage a specific candidate is in makes it really easy to use it on a daily basis for any recruitment agency.
"The flexibility is what we are using Recruit CRM for."
Walsh mentioned that Sagesa managed time and satisfied their hiring managers to a great extent by using Recruit CRM. Folks at Sagesa know at what stage a particular candidate is in, and therefore, it gets easier to coordinate with the hiring manager accordingly.
"If you have a recruitment company, then investing in Recruit CRM is worth it. There are no limitations to what you can do with the software. You can adjust everything to what you need, and it's pretty awesome!"