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.
|Base Annual Salary||10%||15%||20%||25%||30%|
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.
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.