The idea goes under many different names, but direct sourcing (DS) 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 (DS) may be the right option for you.


  • DS lets you tap into the power of your own network and that of your employees, so you can find workers who fit your culture and values.
  • You can save on paying a recruiter’s fee.
  • You don’t need to get tangled up in details such as pay rates, deductions and other payrolling matters.
  • Leverage your partner's expertise to manage the risks of misclassification that can expose your company to extra costs and fines.

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