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What is the average Salary of a Recruitment Consultant?

Our team meets Recruitment Consultants that are not receiving their optimal salary time and time again. Although there are many factors contributing to overall job satisfaction, it is important to ensure that you are being paid what you are worth - why wouldn’t you after all? At Amanda Wright Recruitment, we strive to help you better yourself and better your salary within the recruitment industry. 


It is important to remember that most Recruitment Consultants receive a considerable amount of their monthly income from commission or a bonus scheme which is dependent on their performance. So when searching for a new job in the recruitment industry, it is vital to check that the targets advertised and the OTE (on-target earning) are realistic. Our team are experts in the recruitment industry and we can do the groundwork for you to identify if the job you are applying for ha a realistic OTE.


Our team of rec2rec (recruitment to recruitment) consultants will check the commission structure for you to make sure that it is realistic for you to obtain month after month. 


Full salary review 


As soon as a new candidate gets in touch our consultants will conduct a full salary review to identify if you are currently being paid what you are worth. It is all too common for individuals to stay at a job on the same commission structure not knowing what their true potential is. 


How much can you expect to earn as a recruitment consultant?


Recruitment consultants typically have a basic salary with a performance-related bonus or commission added on top of that. Sometimes this will be an individual bonus but in some cases it may be a team bonus. 

You will often see OTE in job adverts this means (on-target earning) which will be your performance bonus. So if the salary is advertised as OTE £40,000 this will be your maximum that you can earn dependent on your performance. 

This amount will differ depending on your level of experience. So whether you have been working in the recruitment industry for years or you are thinking about starting a new career as a recruitment consultant, here your questions are answered. Remember these figures are just a guide and every role and industry differs.


I’m just starting out as a recruitment consultant? What can I expect to earn? 

Trainee recruitment consultants start on a basic annual salary of £15,000 to £20,000 plus commission. 

I have a few years experience as a recruitment consultant. What should I be earning?

The average salary of an experienced recruitment agent is around £22,000 to £28,000. This should be increasing as you gain experience. So if you have been on the same commission structure for a while, it might be time for a pay review. 

I am a senior recruitment consultant with more than 5 years experience. What should I expect to earn? 

Senior recruitment consultants should expect to earn a minimum of £28,000 to £35,000, excluding bonuses or commission. This provides a healthy salary once commission is added. 

I am a manager with 10-15 years experience in the industry, what should I expect to earn?

An experienced role such as a Recruitment Manager should expect to receive at least a £40,000 basic salary (excluding bonuses or commission).

You might find as well as your commission there are other benefits to your job such as a company car, mobile phones, flexible working hours, pension schemes, social events and end of year rewards but ultimately what you are bringing home each month determines how much your employer values you. 


To get in touch with our team for a 100% confidential and free pay review contact: Vicky Mcnally on 0151 427 9843 or vicky@amandawright-rec.co.uk


Chloe | Thu 1st Jul 2021

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