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Comparing Different Recruitment Models

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Comparing Different Recruitment Models

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Different Recruitment Models Explained

Recruitment is a critical process for any organisation, as it plays a crucial role in attracting and hiring top talent. Over the years, different recruitment models have emerged, each offering unique advantages and disadvantages.

In this article, we will explore the various recruitment models and help you determine which offers the most value for modern business recruitment needs.

The traditional recruitment model is a common approach that involves hiring a recruitment agency to handle the recruitment process. This model is often used by organizations that don’t have the time, resources, or expertise to handle recruitment on their own. The traditional model can be effective, but it can also be time-consuming and costly.

The contingency recruitment model is another popular option. In this model, a recruitment agency is hired on a contingency basis, meaning that the agency only gets paid if they successfully place a candidate. This model can be cost-effective, but it can also lead to a lack of quality candidates and a lack of accountability.

The retained recruitment model is similar to the contingency model, but the recruitment agency is paid a retainer fee upfront. This model offers more control and accountability, as the agency is incentivized to deliver high-quality candidates. The downside is that it can be more expensive compared to the contingency model.

The embedded recruitment model is a newer approach that involves integrating the recruitment agency into the HR team. In this model, the agency’s recruiters work alongside the HR professionals to find and recruit top talent. This model offers a more personalized and flexible approach to recruitment, and is suitable for ongoing hiring support.

The recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) model is another option, in which the entire recruitment process is outsourced to an external agency. This model is often used by organizations that want to free up internal resources or improve the efficiency of the recruitment process. However, RPO can be expensive and may result in a loss of control over the recruitment process.

At Rent a Recruiter we offer both RPO and embedded recruitment solutions on a full time or part time basis, in addition we create bespoke plans to suit individual recruitments and would be happy to discuss these with you.

We offer comprehensive support, from sourcing top talent to guiding you through the full recruitment process, conducting leadership searches, managing coordination, and optimizing recruitment operations. 

Our team boasts over 50 years of international recruitment experience. We are also winners of multiple awards in the recruitment sector. We offer bespoke packages to our clients with recruitment solutions for the modern business. Move forward with your business objectives and partner with our team for hiring partnerships today.

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We do things differently at Rent a Recruiter. We charge an all-inclusive monthly subscription with no additional fees upon placement.

This makes it easier for companies to plan ahead, and ensures we are working in line with your business goals.

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Unlike traditional recruitment specialists, our Talent Partners work as an extended part of your HR team.

We integrate seamlessly with existing teams and key stakeholders. We help you build  better, more diverse recruitment campaigns.

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We focus on key actionable KPI’s and provide clear transparent reporting structures to our clients.

We monitor our customer centric approach using Net Promoter Scores to ensure we are delivering the best possible service to our client’s time and time again.

Benefits of Working with Rent a Recruiter




Trained talent specialists will work with your internal team. You will receive continuous guidance and support from our Operations Director. We provide weekly reviews to make sure you are up to date on each stage of the process.


Our aim is to start adding value from day one. We don’t hand you over to one of our staff and wish you well. We manage the recruiter on your behalf, ensuring consistency of service at all times.



We have a 3-month contract to allow you to avail of our service when you need us. After which, you can decide to stop or continue with our service. Our clients find this helpful, as they can turn the service on and off as they scale.


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Barry Prost

Barry Prost

Managing Partner

15 years’ experience recruiting senior managers for major international consultants and contractors. Barry is one of the founding directors of Propel. Prior to this, Barry worked for 10 years for Randstad, the 2nd largest recruitment organisation in the world. Managing teams across the UK and Ireland & delivering recruitment solutions to major clients. Barry is a graduate in International Business from Trinity College Dublin. He has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Smurfit School of Business.

“My favourite food is anything with quinoa”

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