Pros and Cons of Hawk Butler Contingency Search

Posted 7/7/2022 by Adam Butler
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Companies must ensure they get the right applicant for the job, and to do this - it needs to be done correctly!

This blog gives you the ultimate guide to Contingency Search with the pros and cons of using a 'Pay on Placement' method for your recruitment!

What is Contingency Search?

Contingency Search is used when talent is abundant for the roles you have, but you don't have the time or skill available internally at your business to go through the process of advertising, searching CV databases, and approaching candidates to screen for suitability.

A Contingency Search basis is an excellent option if we already have a well-established network of suitable candidates to present your roles to and build a shortlist.

Advantages to Contingency Search

No Candidate? No Payment

One of the first benefits of a Contingency Search is the no up-front payment to use the contingency recruitment service.

Most organisations will be attracted to this type of recruitment, with payment only guaranteed when the ideal candidate walks through the company's doors.

This recruitment search is helpful for businesses to get the perfect candidate for the required job role.

High-Quality Candidates

A specialist recruitment agency like Hawk Butler can get you the perfect candidate for the role.

Our extensive research and contacts within the industry mean we can produce high-quality results for our clients.

Hawk Butler covers a range of business areas to recruit the perfect candidate for your company.

We care about our relationships with clients, which is why we do everything we can to cater to your recruitment needs.

Saves Time and Money

Contingency Search could be a solution to consider when talent is abundant for your roles, but you don't have the time or skill available.

A business may not internally have the time or resources to go through the process of advertising, searching CV databases, and approaching candidates to screen for suitability.

Disadvantages to Contingency Search

No guarantee

One disadvantage to a Contingency method of recruitment is there is no guarantee of a candidate walking through the doors of your business.

Recruitment agencies doing contingency searches work on several jobs at a time, and sometimes the right candidate is unavailable for the company.

No Privacy of Candidates

Trying to secure the perfect candidate from a Contingency Search can be difficult as potential high-quality candidates are offered to multiple companies.

Recruiters have the right to offer candidates to several organisations as and where it is fit to obtain payment.

An Executive Search will be needed if you want an exclusive search for a candidate for a job role in your company.

Lack of Analysis

Compared to a paid executive search, the in-depth analysis is not available with a Contingency method.

The method will still be extensive, but the company could get more data and potential ideal candidates with a paid strategy.

Company Status

A company's status compared to its competitors is vital if a contingency search is chosen as a recruitment method.

Recruitment agencies can find it difficult to 'sell' the business to potential clients if the reputation is not present.

A paid search would be easier to promote as the recruitment agencies will learn more about the company's culture and way of working as they will have more time to analyse the company and sell it to clients.

What is Hawk Butler?

Hawk Butler is on a mission to change that by delivering a bespoke and transparent executive search solution that will help you reach talent that fits with your culture and have the competencies and experience to transform your business.

The decisions you make when working in partnership with Hawk Butler Executive Search will be backed by data/evidence and over 50 years of collective expertise in the search industry. 

We have completed assignments UK-wide and internationally across various sectors.

Since 2020 we are proud to have filled 97% of the vacancies we have been engaged in, and with a Net Promoter Score of 9/10, our clients keep coming back.

All new employees we introduce to your business will be backed by our candidate replacement/rebate of fees guarantee.

This means that you can hire with the peace of mind that comes with the knowledge that you will get maximum return on hire and value for your investment with us.

Contact Us

To find out more about Hawk Butler Contingency Search, call us on 01244 752459 or email us at

You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook or pop in for a coffee at our offices here.



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