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How Much Do Recruitment Agencies Charge?

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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.

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

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.

Next, read our Flat fee Online Job Advertising Recruitment Agencies Review.

Base Annual Salary 10% 15% 20% 25% 30%
£20,000 £2,000 £3,000 £4,000 £5,000 £6,000
£30,000 £3,000 £4,500 £6,000 £7,500 £9,000
£40,000 £4,000 £6,000 £8,000 £10,000 £12,000
£50,000 £5,000 £7,500 £10,000 £12,500 £15,000
£60,000 £6,000 £9,000 £12,000 £15,000 £18,000
£70,000 £7,000 £10,500 £14,000 £17,500 £21,000
£80,000 £8,000 £12,000 £16,000 £20,000 £24,000
£90,000 £9,000 £13,500 £18,000 £22,500 £27,000
£100,000 £10,000 £15,000 £20,000 £25,000 £30,000
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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.

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