The hiring demands of businesses differ dependent upon many variables, generally speaking, company size and budget often play a significant role when deciding on the preferred recruitment model to suit your needs.

If your business has a project specific volume requirement, or, a one off executive hire, retained recruitment can ensure your complete commitment from the recruiter to fulfill these vital breifs.


It costs the same

It will not usually be more expensive to work on a retained basis with a specialist search firm, and in some cases the fee will be the same as a contingency fee.

The significant difference is the way in which the fees are paid. A portion of the fee will be paid up front, before any work has been carried out at all. This demonstrates a key factor in the relationship between the client and recruiter – showing ultimate trust that the recruiter understands the needs of their business and the type of person they are looking for.

By paying an initial up-front fee, the client gains more attention than any contingency arrangement – as in effect, the client has specifically paid the recruiter to research the market fully on their behalf.


all possibilities

The next stage is to map the entire market through all the resources available (market knowledge, in-house data, web, advertisements and external research) – most of the best people are in jobs already – so the recruiter’s ability to sell their client’s role is key.



Another valuable outcome for a client is often why some candidates will not be interested in the role, gaining feedback on their company’s perception in the marketplace at the same time.


Level of Reporting

The presentation of market mapping, availability, shortlist of candidates and interview reports are all very in-depth and thorough, as well as the service offered the whole way through the candidate leaving a previous position to joining the client organisation. (A tricky time for all parties, as good candidates are often counter-offered by their existing employer and negotiation skills again come to the fore!)


Guaranteed success

A retained recruiter will always find a suitable candidate, despite any problems that should arise in the process, and will keep on with the search until the position is filled.


“Petroleum People has filled 100% retained assignments”


Why Petroleum People?....

A true partnership. Petroleum People Retained Service is a commitment to deliver people with the right skills at the right time to a budget agreed with you. The agreed fee allows our Project Managers to focus their time to a shared objective. And you can be sure that you will have people working on your behalf, that have a key understanding of the requirement at hand