Tech Recruitment Agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area

May 1, 2019

A summary of technical recruitment agencies work in the Bay Area. How much do they cost? How do they work? What are the advantages? What are the drawbacks? What technical recruitment agencies exist in the Bay Area?

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What are tech recruitment agencies?

 

Technical recruitment agencies act as independent companies that focus solely on hiring for their clients. Different technical recruitment agencies have different focuses. Some will only work on full time placements; others place contractors at their client’s companies. Small startups all the way through major corporations use technical recruitment agencies to help them find and close top talent. This article will focus primarily on agency recruitment for software engineers. Recruitment agencies exist in most industries, such as law, accounting, finance, administration and healthcare.

 

How much does it cost to use a tech recruitment agency?

 

Traditional tech recruitment agencies normally charge companies between 20-25% of an engineer’s first years salary once an offer is made. This is called a placement fee. If the candidate does not last at the company more than three to twelve months, depending on the agreement, the agency will either have to provide a new candidate that gets hired or return the placement fee. Generally, if the agency does not make a placement at the client company they will not get paid.

 

How do tech recruiters work?

 

Tech recruiters work in different ways, but their primary responsibilities are building relationships with candidates and clients. Some recruiters even sit on site at their client’s office while they recruit, they may have an email address from their client’s company. Most agencies have their own offices that they work from while they recruit and generate new sales leads. Agencies generally store candidate information in an Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that they can search through and send emails from.

Some agencies will insist on meeting candidates in person before introducing them to a client; most are satisfied with speaking with candidates on the phone before they set them up for an interview with their client. Recruiters at recruiting agencies need to build and maintain relationships with candidates and clients in order to successfully place engineers at tech companies in the Bay Area.

 

Why do companies and candidates use recruiting agencies?

 

There are many advantages to using recruiting agencies, for both companies and candidates. For companies, using a recruiting agency means the hiring manager or talent team needs to spend less time reaching out to candidates and scheduling interviews. They can leverage the agency recruiter’s industry knowledge of hiring trends and work with them as a consultative partner. For candidates, working with an agency recruiter is a great way to get connected with multiple companies that are actively hiring in your area. They can provide details on salary data, resume feedback and act as a middleman when coordinating and scheduling interviews and negotiating offers.

 

What are the drawbacks of working with a recruiting agency?

 

There are downsides to working with recruiting agencies as well. For companies, a placement through a recruiting agency can be prohibitively expensive. Placing a Software Engineer with a base salary of $115,000 (current industry average in SF) will cost the employer $23,000 at a 20% agreement rate ($150,000 x .20). Since agency recruiters work on commission their interests may not always align with what’s best for the candidate. There are many fantastic recruiters in the Bay Area who always put candidate’s interest first, but there are many inexperienced ones as well. Building solid relationships and communicating are paramount when working with any recruiter or talent acquisition professional.

 

What’s the alternative to working with a recruiting agency?

 

Because of the expensive fees agency recruiters can charge, many startups and tech companies opt to bring hiring in house. This means they hire recruiters directly to be part of their team and work on a base salary. This can be more cost effective as companies do not need to pay fees for every hire they make. There may be some bonuses for in house recruiters, but the idea with bringing hiring in house is to have dedicated team members in charge of talent acquisition and hiring process. Companies can and do still use recruiting agencies even if they have an in house talent team.

 

List and map of Technical Recruiting agencies in the Bay Area

 

Below are all the technical recruiting agencies I could find that have offices in the Bay Area. There are dozens of more agencies that focus on administrative, accounting, healthcare and recruiting for other fields. From what I can discern, these tech recruitment agencies focus on hiring engineers, though they may recruit for other fields as well. Some tech recruitment agencies have multiple offices in the Bay Area. I only plot one office per company on this map, normally the one that’s in or closest to San Francisco.

 
These are technical recruitment companies located in the SF Bay Area.

Displaying 46 Technical Recruitment Agencies that have offices in the SF Bay Area.

80Twenty

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2010
13-60 employees

80Twenty is the leading marketing, sales, and creative staffing agency with offices in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and New Y (...)

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Adecco Group

San Bruno, CA
Founded: 1996
10000 employees

In the world of work, The Adecco Group is the world's leading provider of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and tal (...)

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Aerotek

South San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1983
10000 employees

Aerotek is the leading recruitment and staffing agency worldwide. Our staffing solutions are focused on bringing great people and great orga (...)

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Bayside Solutions

San Ramon, CA
Founded: 2001

Bayside Solutions is an industry-leading provider of staff augmentation and consulting services. Since 2001, we’ve built our company around (...)

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Binc

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2002
61-150 employees

Binc is a full service talent firm. We build teams at the pace your business demands.

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Cadre Talent

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2006
13-60 employees

Cadre is a tier one recruiting firm that builds teams. Recruiting top tech talent & providing clients with a curated and personalized recrui (...)

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Coit Group

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2000
13-60 employees

Recruitment Process Outsourcing Company. Recruitment Services to Build Executive, Sales and Technical Teams for Fast Growth Companies.

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Ejento

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2018
61-150 employees

Talent acquisition for the startup era. NeoHire South, RockIT Recruiting, TS2 and Hero.jobs have come together as Ejento.

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Employbl

Alameda, CA
Founded: 2018
1-12 employees

Employbl is your source for active candidates in the Bay Area. Priced monthly, no hiring fees.

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EQ Recruiting

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2018
1-12 employees

At EQ Recruiting we believe that emotional intelligence is one of the most important parts of the interview process and is one of the main t (...)

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Insight Global

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2001
5001-9999 employees

Insight Global is an industry leader for IT, Accounting and Finance, Engineering, and Government staffing and managed services.

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Insight Recruiting

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2002
13-60 employees

INSIGHT RECRUITING is a premier search firm with a proven history of success. We provide highly tailored search services to our clients and (...)

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Intelliswift

Newark, CA
Founded: 2001
500-999 employees

Intelliswift is a premier IT services and solutions company. We provide solutions on enterprise applications development, mobility, big data (...)

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Jobspring Partners

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1989
251-499 employees

Jobspring Partners specializes in placing IT professionals in hard to fill IT positions for leading Tech companies.

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Judge Group

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1970
1000-5000 employees

Technology, Talent & Learning Solutions | The Judge Group.

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KBC Staffing

Oakland, CA
Founded: 2010
1-12 employees

KBC Staffing Offers Staffing Solutions For Temp, Temp-To-Perm and Direct Hire Placements. Offices in the Bay Area, California.

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Mainz Brady Group

Oakland, CA
Founded: 2003
61-150 employees

Mainz Brady Group is an IT staffing firm, serving California, Oregon, and Washington.

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Mindsource

Mountain View, CA
Founded: 1994
61-150 employees

MindSource is a top tier staffing and consulting agency for technical solutions located in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

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MitchelLake Group

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2001
13-60 employees

The MitchelLake Group: executive search, consulting and onsite recruitment solutions. for technology-driven innovation

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Modis

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1986
5001-9999 employees

At Modis, we're excited to see the boundaries between IT and engineering

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Mondo

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2000
251-499 employees

Mondo is the largest national staffing agency specializing exclusively in high-end, niche IT, Tech, & Digital Marketing talent.

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Mountain View Staffing

Palo Alto, CA
Founded: 2011
1-12 employees

Mountain View Staffing is the trusted recruiting and staffing agency of Silicon Valley based companies. We help startups to Fortune 500 comp (...)

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Nelson Staffing

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1970
500-999 employees

That's where Nelson's recruiting services come in. ... Engineering Temporary Staffing and Direct Hire Solutions ... Do More with Nelson Empl (...)

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Palo Alto Staffing

Palo Alto, CA
Founded: 1978
13-60 employees

Get a consultation today with Palo Alto Staffing, Silicon Valley's professional staffing agency - results are guaranteed.

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PeopleConnect Staffing

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1998
1-12 employees

Connecting promising companies with the talented people who can bring their company to the next level

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Premier Talent Partners

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1998
251-499 employees

Modern-Day Matchmakers: When it comes to finding the perfect people for your workforce, we're who you go to.

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Randstad

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1960
10000 employees

Randstad is an employment/recruitment agency for temporary and permanent staffing. Looking for job opportunities or workforce solutions? You (...)

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Red Oak Technologies

San Jose, CA
Founded: 1995
151-250 employees

We are an established provider of comprehensive resourcing solutions ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

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RGA Associates

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1980
13-60 employees

RGA has brought together a group of experienced and dedicated professional recruiters to satisfy a very specific need for the growth of high (...)

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Riviera Partners

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2002
61-150 employees

We have helped build some of the most successful companies in the tech industry - matching world class executive & engineering talent with t (...)

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Robert Half

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1948
10000 employees

Robert Half connects employers and job seekers to staff positions in finance, law, technology and more. Contact a staffing professional toda (...)

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Scion Staffing

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2006
13-60 employees

Temporary Staffing Agency & Executive Search Firm | San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Denver.

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Swing Talent

Oakland, CA
Founded: 2005
13-60 employees

We're experts at finding top performers for startups and high-growth companies.

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Talener

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2007
61-150 employees

Looking for your next software engineer or a new tech job? Connect with one of our specialized tech recruiters today.

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Talentburst

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2002
251-499 employees

TalentBurst provides a full suite of Staffing Solutions, Managed Services Provider (MSP) and Vendor Management System (VMS) Solutions. Call (...)

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Taos

San Jose, CA
Founded: 1989
500-999 employees

Taos is your trusted advisor for any technology challenge. Discover why Taos is trusted by thousands of the world's best to solve technology (...)

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TechConnexion

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2018
1-12 employees

TechConnexion is an end-to-end, collaborative, boutique-style recruiting firm supporting organizations from stealth startups up to household (...)

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Techees Recruiting

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2009
13-60 employees

We are a team recruiters that collaborate well together & help connect companies and candidates.

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TEKsystems

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1983
10000 employees

We're in the business of building tomorrow.

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The Sourcery

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2007
13-60 employees

Companies of all sizes use The Sourcery to build and maintain a healthy pipeline of highly qualified candidates for their open jobs. Startup (...)

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Vaco

Walnut Creek, CA
Founded: 2002
1000-5000 employees

Vaco is a leading job recruiting services provider. We provide expert recruiting services to help companies find the qualified candidates th (...)

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Virtusa

Fremont, CA
Founded: 1996
10000 employees

Virtusa provides end-to-end digital transformation and information technology (IT) outsourcing services to Global 2000 companies.

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Volt Workforce Solutions

Fremont, CA
Founded: 1957
1000-5000 employees

Volt offers consultative solutions to ensure you have the qualified people you need, the processes to manage them effectively, and an outsou (...)

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Wollborg Michelson Recruiting

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1973
61-150 employees

We passionately believe every company deserves Dream Candidates, and every person deserves a Dream Job.

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Workbridge Associates

San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1989
251-499 employees

Workbridge Associates specializes in placing IT professionals in hard to fill IT positions for leading Tech companies.

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Xoriant

Sunnyvale, CA
Founded: 1990
1000-5000 employees

Xoriant, a product engineering and technology services company, helps unicorn start-ups and large enterprise software companies to outperfor (...)

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Are you part of a tech recruitment agency with an office in the Bay Area and not on this list? Please email me at connor@employbl.com and I will add you.

This list was programmatically generated from an open source dataset that I maintain on GitHub.

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