Contingent & Retained Recruitment

We understand how important it is to decide on the best recruitment agency when you need support with hiring. As the 2022 winner of the Best Small Company in the UK, we are at the forefront of understanding what great looks like. From securing talent to offering expert insights into salary and benefits, to supporting businesses on Diversity and Inclusion, we are here to help.

Whatever your digital recruitment needs, our business operates with a tailored approach to hiring. We offer contingent recruitment, exclusive and retained search giving you the flexibility and choice on how best you work with recruitment agencies.

What started as a leading London recruitment agency, our business has grown internationally, with an office in New York and a global network of candidates supporting your hiring across London, Europe, North America and further afield. In short, we have access to an incredible network of digital talent.

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The services we offer

Contingent Recruitment

When you use Sphere’s contingent recruitment services, you can tap in to our extensive network of candidates to help find brilliant talent. There are no upfront costs and payment is dependent on our team successfully filling your company’s open position.

When you outsource your recruitment process, you’re relying on other people to represent your company in a positive light. Our team’s consultative approach to hiring has resulted in over 70% of our hires being made with customers who return to partner with us - often choosing to make us a preferred, exclusive or retained recruitment partner.

Exclusive Search

Working together on an exclusive basis will enable you to reduce your spending and receive the very best service, spending more time with one agency significantly reduces the overall time you spend with recruiters and on recruitment. 

Exclusive recruitment can produce much better results, with a quicker time to hire, quality of hire and cost, as we fully understand your business and partner with you. 

Sphere will create an account team who support your hiring needs. You will have dedicated, specialist recruitment consultants who act as an extension of your business and can access talent across many of the areas you hire including, but not limited to:

  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Programmatic Trading
  • Technical Account Management
  • Product and Project Management
  • Data. 

We can provide you with as much (or as little!) data as you require in easy-to-read formats detailing the work that we do for you each week, month and quarter so you have concise data that shows you how many people are interviewing and who we have screened for each of your roles, have interviewed for each of your roles and who has been hired for each of your roles.  

We can provide additional support by writing job briefs and creating sales collateral.

Retained Search

In retained recruitment, you create an exclusive relationship with your dedicated recruiter. On retained search projects, we put together a specialist account team with resourcers and a main point of contact that get to work on finding you the best talent. 

Through an upfront or scheduled fee, you can retain a consultant who focuses on hiring for your business and we fill 100% of the retained projects we work on. 

Your recruiter is the ambassador of your brand, so it's advisable to use one agency so that you can control what image is portrayed of you. When working with multiple agencies, you can muddy the water as multiple agencies deliver different brand messages. You eliminate this problem when you use retained recruitment. 

Save time…! In contingency recruitment, you may find yourself briefing and managing several recruiters, often over a long time-period. The whole point of working with a recruitment expert is to take the stress out of a time-consuming process so let us guide you through hiring and provide you with the very best talent in the market.

We understand that every business is different and that your hiring needs and plans change, so our services adapt too; enabling you to save money, time and hire better people, faster.

Sphere’s team are on hand and ready to help and we can support you in different ways:


Individual permanent hires on a contingent, exclusive or retained basis

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Hiring for contract, FTC or parental/maternity covers

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Future Talent

Finding you the very best recent graduates and entry-level candidates

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Contingent & Retained Recruitment

We have flexible payment options to support your hiring needs

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Team Builds & Project Delivery

Campaign based partnership helping you to hire at scale and to reduce both your costs and your time spent with external partners

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Embedded Talent

Hire an internal recruiter via Sphere on a monthly rolling contract, plugging into our talent and our talent network for a full-service talent solution

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We are experts in digital recruitment services with a proven track record, built over many years, building dynamic teams for brands (DTC and eCommerce), publishers, agencies and technology vendors globally.

We draw from an active global network of tough to reach candidates and pride ourselves on delivering world-class experiences that get results.

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Our collaborative approach to recruitment and fantastic work environment gives every person in our team the opportunity, structure and motivation to succeed.

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We understand that every business is different and that your hiring needs and plans change, so our services adapt too; enabling you to save money, time and hire better people, faster.

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