A Container Search is a hybrid search service between two common recruitment models: contingency and retained.

Working exclusively, clients pay one upfront fee in order to secure our time and resources. This fee is discounted from the placement fee.

A Container Search is the best of Retained and Contingent search combined. You’ll receive unparalleled service under a shared-risk model. The client pays an engagement fee upfront and we guarantee a shortlist of exceptional candidates to choose from.

A Container Search offers a chance for that necessary trust-building to occur, while reducing the financial risk in a full retained search.

As clients begin to strategise and prioritise their hiring needs, they tend to move away from the more general and surface-level recruiter-client relationships and opt for a trusted partnership with a single recruiter or search firm.

Most container relationships will evolve into retainers as trust builds and staffing is more appropriately planned.

When to use a Container Search

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Our credibility in the market is what sets us apart

All our team have deep expertise in their niche

Our solutions are bespoke and enable smarter and faster hiring – to just make your life easier

We insist on meeting every client and candidate we represent

Uniquely, our consultants are supported by a network of acclaimed figureheads in the marketing leadership community.

You can expect us to build a comprehensive brief, challenge thinking and bring new ideas to ensure the correct search trajectory. We’ll tailor a research-led approach to projects with an advisory and problem-solving style before fusing the latest headhunting techniques and decision science.

Our search model

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tml specialises in accessing this hard to find, passive talent

Job hunting and easy to find.

May consider a change but will only respond to a trusted advisor.

Not looking, but willing to discuss opportunities with a trusted associate.

Happily employed, will not move.