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How Much Do Recruitment Agencies Charge?

How much do recruitment agencies charge?

The fees which recruitment agencies charge can be significant, especially with higher-paid staff. As a general rule, a recruitment agency will charge between 10-30% of the base annual salary. The table below highlights the predicted recruitment agency fees for base salaries of £20,000 to £100,000.

Instead of using a recruitment agency, you might want to use a job advertising agency instead.

Base Annual Salary 10% 15% 20% 25% 30%
£20,000 £2000 £3000 £4000 £5000 £6000
£30,000 £3000 £4500 £6000 £7500 £9000
£40,000 £4000 £6000 £8000 £10,000 £12,000
£50,000 £5000 £7500 £10,000 £12,500 £15,000
£60,000 £6000 £9000 £12000 £15000 £18000
£70,000 £7000 £10,500 £14,000 £17,500 £21,000
£80,000 £8000 £12,000 £16,000 £20,000 £24,000
£90,000 £9000 £13,500 £18,000 £22,500 £27,000
£100,000 £10,000 £15,000 £20,000 £25,000 £30,000

As you can see, recruitment fees can quickly spiral into the tens of thousands, which can be great value if the recruitment agency can find and persuade a top candidate to join your company.

How to reduce recruitment costs

On the other hand, if the recruitment agency has purely advertised your job online, gone through the candidates and provided you with a subset to browse, their fees are harder to justify, especially when the tools and services are out there for you to bring the process inhouse for a fraction of the cost.

Hiring People have a unique approach to recruitment in order to reduce costs without compromising the quantity or quality of applicants. Our fixed fee recruitment business model means you could pay as little as £195, a massive reduction on even the lowest agency fee. We help you to write high-quality job description, then advertise those across job boards and social media channels. Our recruitment software helps you to decide which applicants are the most suitable and manage each stage of the process from interviews to offers.

Get started for free

To get started, download a free job description template below and browse our job description library to find a role most relevant to the one you are looking to fill. Once complete, you’re ready to take the next step. Talk to our advisors for a bespoke recruitment plan.

Writing a job description?

We have produced a template to help you create the perfect job profile. We can also send you job descriptions, just enter the job title required and we will share.

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