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Executive Search & Recruiting – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 7361  |  NAICS 561312

This free online guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Executive Search & Recruiting Services  (view report)
Employment & Recruiting Agencies  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Hunt Scanlon Media
Publications available from this organization include:

ESR Magazine
Digital publication provides news and information for the executive recruiting profession, with special features including the annual recruiter rankings issue which ranks the top fifty recruiters by revenues and also provides information on the net percentage change in revenues from the prior year, number of consultants, number of offices, and primary contact person. Publication can be viewed free online.

Executive Recruiting State of the Profession Report Series  Select titles from "Leadership Reports" drop-down menu
Quarterly reports address various aspects of the executive recruiting profession, with topics covered in these reports including recruiting firm rankings and expert opinions and market forecasts, mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, and recapitalizations, emerging technology platforms that are reshaping how recruiters find, assess, and place candidates, and market predictions for the coming year ahead.

Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants
Publications available from this trade association include:

Executive Talent Magazine / digital-archives
Digital publication provides research and insights on critical issues impacting today's global business and key trends influencing executive-level talent worldwide, with topics addressed in recent issues of the publication including top business issues now and in the future, a deeper dive into search trends, disruptive tech's impact on search and recruiters, and the future of search and leadership consulting.

Executive Talent Outlook
Annual report summarizes AESC members expectations for the year ahead on a global and regional level, with topics covered including expected growth by type of service (e.g., search, diversity, equity, and inclusion advisory, coaching and leadership development) and industry sector (e.g., life science, healthcare, private equity, technology, industrial, consumer/retail). Report can be viewed free online.

State of the Profession / prior-report
Comprehensive research report provides a detailed look at the performance of the profession across industries and geographies, with topics covered including current and historical revenues and search volume trends by industry, region, and employee and the industries, functions, and regions expected to see the most growth in the coming year ahead. Current report is available to AESC members only.

Thrive TRM LLC
Executive Search Reports

Quarterly and annual reports analyze trends in opened and competed searches by job position (e.g., board, CEO/president, CFO/finance, CIO/IT, marketing), industry (e.g., consumer markets, business services, financial services, healthcare/life sciences, technology, industrial/manuacturing), and hiring team performance (e.g., high, mid, low performer). Reports are available free online with registration.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Executive Search Services  Search for "561312" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Executive Search Services  Search for "561312" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Executive Search & Recruiting Services
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Tempting Talent
USA Executive Recruitment & Search Compensation Report

Compensation survey provides base salary, draw, bonus, commission, and total compensation data for recruiting and search personnel by gender, work experience, performance level, location, market specialization (e.g., financial services, healthcare, technology, life science), and functional expertise (e.g., consulting/projects, search, contract/permanent placement). Report can be viewed free online.

PayScale, Inc.
Executive Search Services

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as director of operations, executive recruiter, recruitment consultant, research analyst, and recruiting associate, with employers for which salary or wage data is provided including Korn Ferry, Heidrick & Struggles, DHR International, Inc., Russell Reynolds Associates, Spencer Stuart, and Egon Zehnder.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for public and private company sales transactions by SIC or NAICS Code. These databases provide detailed information for sales transactions including sales price and terms, purchase price allocation, target financial data, and deal-derived valuation multiples. Sample reports can be viewed free online.

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