The idea goes under many different names, but direct sourcing simply means that rather than work with a recruitment firm, you find a contract worker yourself, and then refer them to an outside firm to outsource the onboarding and engagement management functions – ranging from negotiating their rate of pay and contract terms, collecting timesheets, making sure they get paid, and other HR issues.

If you’re looking for access to the right skills when you need them, in a cost-effective and hassle-free way, direct sourcing may be the right option for you.