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Recruitment agencies in the Netherlands

A recruitment agency is an agency that is hired by companies and organisations to find suitable employees for them. Most employers outsource their recruitment because they don't have the resources and expertise to find and recruit the best talent for themselves.

Recruitment agencies in the Netherlands
Career: Recruitment agencies in the Netherlands

What are recruitment agencies

What recruiting agencies do?

Consultants at recruitment agencies try to match candidates to job vacancies. These employees manage the job seeking process by sourcing new opportunities, speaking to potential candidates, providing advice on CVs and sometimes helping candidates prepare for interviews.

How much do Recruitment Agencies charge?

The Placement Fee is the fee paid by an employer to a recruitment agency in case of a successful referral. Fees are usually paid as percentages of the employee's annual pay. Standard recruitment costs tend to range between 15% and 20% on a candidate's first annual salary. In some cases this is higher when the positions are hard to fill. 

How do recruitment agencies work?

Recruitment agencies work for companies to find qualified candidates to fill their job vacancies. Recruitment agenciesuse databases to search for individuals who meet specific criteria and post job opportunities online to source applicants with the right skills. Databases like LinkedIn and similar websites. Finding qualified applicants, having job interviews with the applicants and negotiating salaries can save companies money and time.

Further a recruitment agency is responsible for most of the hiring process. This includes writing job descriptions, reviewing and sorting through applications and posting job listings on the most relevant websites. The company gets more involved in the final stages of the hiring process as they make the final decisions about who gets the job.

How do recruitment agencies work?

Recommended agencies


Undutchables Recruitment Agency is the pioneer in recruitment of international business sector personnel in the Netherlands.

Adams Multilingual Recruitment

Adams Multilingual Recruitment matches international Netherlands- based companies with multilingual job seekers. Working in the Dutch labour market for over 25 years, we go beyond the brief, to uncover what our talent seekers really need. Experts in talent acquisition, we work with unique understanding and empathy, speak your language, and understand the Dutch culture and labour market.


Xena is a tech recruitment agency in Berlin and Amsterdam that works with companies that are committed to the progression of women in technology. We hire women in Engineering, Product and Leadership and invest 12.5% of our profits into the education of girls and women in STEM.

SCM Recruitment

Using our global network, we are able to identify the perfect match for International board, director and senior management positions within Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Manufacturing and Operations.Our main driver is to find the optimal fit by getting to the absolute core of all parties involved. 

Blue Lynx

Our mission is to enhance growth, value & opportunities for continued individual, client and company success. We do this whilst providing a safe, professional, fun and rewarding place to work and grow. By investing in people, we invest in the future.

Page Personnel

Page Personnel is a leading professional recruitment consultancy specialising in the recruitment of temporary, temporary-to-permanent, and permanent positions for SMEs and multinationals in diverse sectors.

This page was last updated: 04/27/2023.