Retained Search 

With a 100% success rate it's proven to be the best way to secure the strongest candidate for the job


Contingency recruitment, by its very nature, is a flawed concept. The majority of businesses will allow multiple recruitment agencies to work on the same vacancy, thus creating not only a ‘price war’ but also a ‘CV race’, where only the recruiter that gets the best candidate across in the quickest time gets paid. This inevitably leads to problems, agencies methods of working can become unethical, and candidates often have their CV sent to the hiring manager without being spoken to about the opportunity which can leave companies in the middle of agency squabbles. This approach also leads to more candidates dropping out of the process because they haven’t been properly briefed on the role, and recruiters moving onto the next role, possible due to less competition or higher fees.

When our clients use On Point Selection on a retained basis they get a service which has a 100% success rate. Our approach is to find the best person for the job and not just the best candidate that is immediately available or sitting on a jobs board. A typical candidate submitted by On Point is currently succeeding in their role and not actively looking for a new role. Whereas a typical candidate submitted by a contingency recruiter has their CV on multiple job boards/CV databases and with multiple recruitment agencies and is being marketed everywhere. All of our recent placements have come from candidates that we have headhunted out of their current company, and once we start working with a new client, we will never approach their employees on behalf of other companies.

We believe that when businesses are spending what seems to be an ever decreasing recruitment budget we must deliver value for money and the perfect fit. To ensure this happens we insist on meeting with all our clients to discuss the role in greater detail, and even spend time within your business if at all possible to gain a deeper understanding of your requirements. It is unlikely that a company that gives their role to ten recruitment agencies will have the time to discuss the role with ten recruiters, preferring to drop out a mass email, therefore only giving a brief overview.

We know that when a client works with us on a retained basis our method, market knowledge and expertise consistently delivers a better service than our competitors.


The benefits of using On Point Selection on a retained basis are:


  • We always meet you prior to starting our assignment.
  • The confidence that you have secured the very best candidate and not just the most suitable candidate that was on the job market.
  • You have one point of contact with unrivalled market knowledge of the building products and construction sector.
  • A structured, efficient and professional recruitment process.
  • A 100% success rate and the knowledge you’re attracting the best talent for your organisation.
  • A fee structure that is competitive and often less than contingency recruitment.



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