This is a great infographic (well done to Mindflash and CareerBuilder who did the work).  It outlines some fascinating statistics from surveys in the US on why it really is worth getting your recruitment right.  We have seen similar data for UK and Europe and we think it is likely to reflect the situation both there and in Asia Pacific as well. 

If you want another perspective on this; Steve Jobs once said: 

"I noticed that the dynamic range between what an average person could accomplish, and what the best person could accomplish was 50 or 100 to 1. Given that, you're well advised to go after the cream of the cream...  A small team of A+ players can run circles around a giant team of B and C players.”  

If you are in HR and you are not getting the recruitment resources - or support - you need from the management team, then perhaps this might help them see the light...