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Retained Search  |  Contingent Recruitment  |  Remuneration Matrix  |  Market Maps


Retained Executive Search is our primary service selected by clients. We have a 100% success rate on completing every retained assignment we have been awarded. Imperium Search always take a straight talking and honest approach, meaning we only work on a retained basis when the role is one we are adamant we will fill. Unlike other headhunting firms, we minimise the upfront retainer costs to clients, ensuring that the majority of the fee is only payable once the candidate has been successfully sourced and started their new role.

A successful executive search process requires detailed market mapping and analysis, creative thinking and utilising our consultants' industry knowledge and contacts. The consultants that our clients meet will remain the single point of contact for the duration of the process. They are supported by our dedicated multi-lingual in-house research team, enabling us to target candidates across the UK and Europe. The consultants will interview all the candidates, evaluating their skill set, track record and cultural fit so clients have a targeted selection of candidates for interview. During the search the consultants will provide detailed feedback at each interview stage, managing the candidates' expectations to ensure our clients secure their preferred candidate, on time and within budget.


We have an established candidate network and database that is being continually updated and added to by our team of consultants and researchers. Our consultants are always interviewing active and passive candidates to assess their suitability for roles and understand their motivations for their next career move. This enables us to have a rapid response time in meeting client deadlines and provide candidate CVs from a cross section of the market.


We can provide guidance and advice on current compensation trends; basic salary, bonus, stock / share options, equity carry and additional benefits. As we work with candidates and clients across both buy and sell side markets it enables us to provide up-to-date and detailed information on how top performers are being remunerated. This market data enables our clients to retain staff and accurately budget for future hiring requirements.


We can assist clients who want to gain competitor analysis data and provide a breakdown on team sizes, hierarchal structure and reporting lines, revenue generation, product offerings and returns/IRRs etc. Clients have used this information to stay ahead of the competition, as well as when looking to explore additional business areas. As a result, they are better placed to successfully implement new strategic initiatives and strategies.

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