So you’ve got a position you’re recruiting for? There are several Recruitment Solutions available in order to fill your position, and this handy little guide should be able to help you to decide if Flat Fee Recruitment is the best option for you.

This service, like ours at Crunchposter, is a combination of the best parts of traditional Recruitment Agencies and Job Board Advertising. You get an Account Manager who will handle your campaign and the wide coverage of multiple job boards, all in one flat fee (clue’s in the name).

What is Flat Fee Recruitment?

When advertising your position using a Flat Fee Recruitment service, the Recruiter will do loads of things to try to ensure your advert gets maximum coverage, and your perfect candidates apply.

Your job advert will be optimised, meaning that you will get the most coverage possible. This mainly involves the repetition of key words, as search engines rank things in accordance to how relevant they are, and this is based around how many times key words are repeated.

Your applications will then be screened, so that you don’t have to sort through tons of irrelevant applications, and can just have the best candidates put in front of you. At Crunchposter we also add notes to applications, so that our clients know exactly why we’ve ranked applications in the way we have.

Additionally, if your adverts aren’t performing as well as expected, the Flat Fee Recruiter can then resource the position.  This means searching on multiple job boards or social media sites in order to find candidates who may not be actively searching and applying for roles, but are perfect for your position.

The Pros of Flat Fee Recruitment

The obvious benefit of Flat Fee Recruitment over Traditional Agencies is that they are far cheaper. When recruiting through an agency, you are subject to paying an extra fee (often 15%) for every candidate hired. This means that if you are looking to hire multiple candidates, using Traditional Agencies can become quite costly. In comparison, Flat Fee Recruitment requires only one flat fee (as I said, clue’s in the name). This means that whether you hire one candidate or fifty, you only pay one fee.

When comparing Flat Fee Recruitment to Job Board Advertising, the main advantage comes from your applications being screened, and candidates being resourced. Also, with Flat Fee Recruitment, you can have your advert posted onto multiple job boards for a lower cost than if you had paid to advertise the role on several job boards yourself.

The Cons of Flat Fee Recruitment

One of the disadvantages of Flat Fee Recruitment is that if your role is particularly specialist, it may be harder to fill without the help of a Recruitment Agency. For example, an expert PHP Developer in the middle of nowhere, who needs an exact degree and a certain amount of experience may be hard to fill just using advertising. This means that a Traditional Agency may be the best option for you.


Hopefully by now you know whether or not Flat Fee Recruitment is the one for you, depending on your budget, location, and the role you want to recruit for. If you are still undecided, we are now offering a FREE consultation to help you decide on the best Recruitment Solutions for you.