Updated April 23, 20244 min read

What is Cost-Per-Hire?

For every recruitment process that goes on in an organization, there are some costs that the recruiter bore on each prospective candidate until selection. It becomes important for recruiters to analyze costs using a crucial strategic tool to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the hiring process, pinpoint areas for development, and assist set your budget for hiring.

What is Cost-Per-Hire

Determining factors

Cost-per-hire can be used to calculate compensation for both internal transfers and promotions inside an organization as well as for new workers brought in from the outside. The size of the business, the seniority of the position that needs to be filled, and the potency and effectiveness of internal recruiting are all determining factors and affect the cost per hire.

Calculating Cost-per-hire

The average cost per hire is determined by adding up all hiring costs (internal and external) and dividing the total by the number of hires made over a certain period (Society for Human Resource Management- SHRM, 2012).

Cost per hire = TIC +TEC / TNH

TIC: Total internal cost TEC: Total external cost TNH: Total number of hires

  1. Internal cost contains internal resources and expenditures required for staffing efforts throughout the relevant period. Examples of internal expenses include the recruiting team's complete salary and perks, equipment and stationery, and fixed expenses like physical infrastructure (talent acquisition system costs, etc.).

  2. External cost includes all outside sources of funding for recruiting efforts throughout the relevant period. Examples are third-party agency fees, advertising expenses, job fair expenses, tests (psychometrics, aptitude, work sample test, etc.), and travel expenses incurred throughout the recruiting process e.t.c.

  3. The total number of hires includes the number of hires made overall during the period being assessed.

Abhishek Kathpal

Abhishek Kathpal

Abhi is the co-founder of, enabling 50+ recruitment businesses build better client and candidate relationships.