Why has "to have been" been used in the following sentence? Can we replace it with "to be"? Would there be any change in the meaning if we change it to "to be"?

Interview was at 10 am and I was not even interviewed even after 3 pm, Human resource team seems to have been employed right from a Govt office.

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Seems to be employed would be understood as a present event or state: "It appears that the team is employed from a government office".

Seems to have been employed uses the perfect construction to mark the infinitival as a prior action: "It seems that the team was employed from a government office".

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    Idiomatically, I'd vastly prefer something like The Human Resources team seems to have been recruited straight from a Govt office (or hired). The word employed doesn't work very well in contexts like ??Our new Finance Director was employed from a rival company. Jul 7, 2017 at 15:11

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