Our Fees

Our fee structure is not typical for the industry. The industry norm for Top-Level Retained Search, is a percentage of the first year earnings of the candidate appointed – most frequently 1/3 of first year earnings.

Here at ADD we always prefer to agree a fixed price for an engagement. This will be independent of the first year earnings and will reflect the complexity and seniority of the appointment. In this way we can always remain objective and, most importantly, provide independent and constructive support at the critical stage of offered-candidate closure. Having no commercial interest in the earnings of the candidate appointed means that we can, and often do, play an important role in negotiating the deal.

Before starting any of our engagements we typically agree with the client a series of objectives or benchmarks, such as number of candidates researched and qualified, number of candidates presented for interview and number accepted by the client for interview.  It is not unusual for our fees to be linked to us achieving these agreed targets.  Many of our clients really value the control and risk sharing that this innovative approach offers.

Contrast and comparisons

We are often asked to compare the way we work and contrast our fee structure with other recruitment companies. We thought it would be helpful to make some generic comparisons.

The recruitment industry can be divided into 3 delivery routes …

ADD-Resources specialises in retained, senior level search, but has sister companies who can provide other levels of service at junior to middle management levels.