Recruiting Research Pricing

Executive Recruiting Research Fees

Intellerati understands that executive search research buyers want recruiting research pricing information when they shop for services. We believe in providing you with essential candidate sourcing prices up front and to share our thinking on executive search research pricing in general.

There are three pricing models of executive recruiting fees: contingency, retained, and research.

  • Contingency charges 25% of first-year base salary for a placement.
  • Retained charges retainers of 30-33% of total cash compensation, regardless as to whether a hire is made.
  • Research charges for by the name, by the hour, or by the project.

Recruiting research, also referred to as unbundled search, is the only model that gives you the opportunity to save. We are a contingency and retained search firm alternative. To learn more about recruiting research pricing, check out Executive Search Prices: What Does an Executive Search Cost?


Intellerati Pricing


Pricing You Can Trust

Intellerati believes in giving you executive recruiting research pricing you can trust.

(That’s what we’d want if we were shopping for candidate sourcing services.)

For that reason, we charge by the engagement. We charge a flat fee based on the amount of work that we do.

Opportunity to Save

Intellerati’s recruitment research pricing gives you the opportunity to save. Traditional search firms charge a percentage of the candidate’s first-year salary or total cash compensation. You don’t pay less if the search firm does less work. Our flexible pay-as-you-go retainer ensures that you only pay for the amount of recruiting research work you need: no more, no less.

We Give You More

We hand over all the candidate research, something traditional search firms never do. You can use it to make hires at no additional cost. We don’t claim “ownership” of candidates for placement fees. Our candidate sourcing research comes with no strings attached or additional fees. The candidate research is yours to keep.

Why We Do Not Charge by the Name

Intellerati does not charge by the name. Charging by the name sets up a conflict-of-interest. It provides a powerful financial incentive for a recruitment research firm to sacrifice quality for quantity. Our pricing speaks to the quality and value of our work. 

Why We Do Not Charge By The Hour

We do not charge by the hour because you shouldn’t have to worry that the meter is running. Charging by the hour often sets up nickel-and-dime billing and we’d rather not go there. You deserve to know what the recruiting research costs at the outset.

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