How does a recruitment agency work?


A recruitment agency in the Netherlands steps in to streamline the hiring process, saving businesses time and resources. Picture an employment agency like a bridge. We are the point of connection between clients to the right candidates. We’re here to offer an insider look at how recruitment agencies operate and how companies can leverage staffing agencies.

What does a recruitment agency do?

Recruitment agencies recruiters find suitable candidates for positions, expediting the hiring process for businesses significantly. According to Statista, can take 3 to 12 months to fill a vacancy on their own. An in-house HR person or hiring manager spends much time wading through CVs and interviewing prospective candidates, which is a massive time investment.

A well-established agency has an extensive database of job seekers. This makes it easier for them to quickly find the right match for a company.

An agency’s hiring process can vary, thus we outlined how a typical process at Adams Multilingual Recruitment works.

The process of finding employees for companies

    • A company contacts a recruitment agency because they are unable to find the right candidate(s).
    • The company and the agency finalise terms based on the agency’s fee structure.
    • An agency recruiter conducts a detailed discussion with the company’s hiring manager. This process is called a Job Qualification at Adams Multilingual Recruitment.
    • Utilising a vast database, networks, and social platforms, recruitment agencies attract both active and passive candidates.
    • A recruiter will conduct an assessment interview to better understand their motivation and cultural fit.
    • Once candidates are shortlisted, the interview process is handed over to the hiring company. They will now interview the candidates and ideally select the best fit for their team and position.
    • The recruitment agency facilitates the offer process, negotiating terms and ensuring a smooth transition for both the employer and the new employee.
    • At Adams, we continue our support by ensuring that both the new team member and our partner are happy with the outcome of the placement well after the end of the hiring process.
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How does a staffing agency make money?

Staffing agencies make money by charging companies a fee for placing new employees. They charge a percentage of the starting salary for direct hires and a markup on the hourly rate for temporary workers.

Permanent placements, involve finding candidates for long-term roles, with fees typically ranging from 10% to 30% of the candidate’s first-year salary. Typically, this percentage may vary based on the seniority and difficulty of the vacancy. Unless you hire employees with the help of an agency, there is no fee or payment necessary, no-cure, no-pay!

Temporary placements, on the other hand, cater to short-term staffing needs like maternity leave or special projects, with agencies charging a markup on the temporary worker’s rate. Despite the differences in rates between temporary and permanent positions.

There are many other ways an agency diversifies its service portfolio due to the expertise in the market, like offering HR services or additional support for job seekers.

Benefits of partnering with an employment agency

Local experience and specific expertise

Recruitment agencies bring specialised knowledge and experience. Their expertise in various industries enables them to identify the best candidates and understand the specific skills and qualities in demand. This insider knowledge ensures that businesses not only fill vacancies but do so with candidates who can drive their company forward.

Access to a curated talent pool

Agencies have extensive networks and databases, providing businesses with access to a wide pool of candidates, including those who may not be actively searching for new opportunities. This passive candidate market is often unreachable without a recruitment agency’s connections and outreach capabilities.

Flexibility for hiring companies

Whether a company is looking for a permanent employee, a temporary solution to cover maternity leave, or a team of motivated workers to complete a project, agencies can adapt their search to meet these varied requirements. This flexibility allows businesses to quickly adapt to market changes and internal needs without the hassle of a long hiring process.


By partnering with the right agency, companies in the Netherlands can navigate the job market more effectively, ensuring they attract and retain top talents.

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