Retained Search

Our Retained Search Fee Structure Explained

Value-Driven, Low-Risk Retained Search Fees

At Marmalade Recruitment, we are proud of our retained search fee structure, which we believe provides better value, flexibility, and assurances to our clients.

Our low-risk fee structure is designed to prioritize your needs and foster collaboration, so we can deliver the best possible outcomes.

Marmalade Recruitment Offering Low Risk Retained Recruitment Services to Vancouver

A Fairer Retainer Fee Structure

We provide fairer value by charging only a 10% upfront retainer fee, significantly lower than the market average of 30%.

Additionally, we bill 30% of the estimated total fee when we present our candidate shortlist rather than on a set time frame, ensuring that you pay for results rather than time.

The remaining balance is invoiced on the first day of placement.

No-Fee Cancellation and 1-Year Search Guarantee

We believe in transparency and building trust with our clients, which is why we do not have a cancellation fee and offer up to 1-year satisfaction guarantee on retained searches.

Committed to Exceptional Service and Outcomes

This fee structure aligns our interests with yours, so we can focus on finding the best possible candidate for your organization.

With our exclusive access to top-tier talent, dedicated resources and time, and reduced risk, you can rest assured that we are committed to delivering the best possible service and outcomes.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How is the estimated total fee calculated?

To calculate our estimated total fee, we apply a percentage-based approach (with a maximum of 25%) on the total guaranteed annual compensation, which includes the annual base salary and any guaranteed bonuses or allowances. It is important to note that our total fee does not include additional income, such as restricted stock options or variable bonuses. We believe in a simple and equitable fee structure that reflects our commitment to transparency and fairness.

How does the retained process work?

Yes, we do, whether it’s for short-term or long-term assignments. We have a pool of highly qualified and experienced candidates available for temporary assignments in Accounting & Finance and Administration & HR sectors. This means we can provide qualified candidates on short notice to meet urgent recruitment needs. Our recruiters work closely with clients to understand their staffing needs and provide temporary staff that match their specific requirements.

What are your timelines for a retained search?

At Marmalade Recruitment, we specialize in Accounting & Finance and Administration & HR recruitment, focusing solely on the Greater Vancouver area. We have a deep understanding of the unique requirements of these sectors and industries and have built a strong network of top talent in these fields. Our recruiters are experts in identifying the right candidates with the necessary skills and experience to meet the specific needs of our clients. By specializing in these sectors and industries, we can provide a tailored approach to recruitment that ensures our clients receive the best talent available.

Who performs the search and process?

We have a wide range of job opportunities available in the Accounting & Finance, as well as Administration & HR sectors in Greater Vancouver. These opportunities are constantly changing and include permanent, contract and temporary positions. To get the most up-to-date information on current job openings, we encourage job seekers to contact us directly and discuss their career goals and requirements with one of our expert recruiters. Click here to contact us

How do you manage confidentiality?

Yes, Marmalade Recruitment offers pre-employment skills testing and assessments as part of our comprehensive recruitment package. Our customized assessments help candidates showcase their strengths and demonstrate their fit for the job.

Which roles do you use retained searches to fill?

Absolutely! We are proud to offer one of the best and longest guarantees in the industry for the candidates we place, including temporary staffing placements. We are confident in our ability to find the best talent for your organization and believe in standing behind our services with a comprehensive guarantee. Not only do we offer free replacements for any candidate that does not meet your expectations or leaves the position within a specified time frame, but we also offer a money-back guarantee. This demonstrates our unwavering commitment to providing exceptional service to our clients and ensuring that you receive the right talent for your organization. You can rest assured that our guarantee is one of the best in the industry, giving you the peace of mind to focus on your core business activities while we take care of your recruitment needs.

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