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Executive Search Firms and Recruiters

SIC 7361 | NAICS 561312

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Executive Search Recruiting Services  (view report)
Employment & Recruiting Agencies  (view report)

Comprehensive market 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. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and trends
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

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National indicators of trends in the executive recruiting and hiring market contained in this section include the "Recruiter Confidence Index" and the "Search Hiring Index", which are based on monthly surveys of executive recruiting firms, and the "Annual Executive Job Market Intelligence Report", which is based on simultaneous surveys of executives, recruiting firms, and corporate recruiters. All information is available free online.

Executive Search Services

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Information resources available from this trade association include:

Biweekly trade newsletter features news and information for executive recruiters, with content categories including industry news, new and completed assignments, press releases, and research and reports from member firms. All articles are available free online, with free e-mail subscription available upon request.

State of the Industry Report
Quarterly survey provides quarterly and annual trend data for the executive recruiting industry, with measures covered including average net revenues, average revenue per consultant, average fee per assignment, and number of assignments started by industry and region. Survey results are available to members only.

Member Outlook Report
Semi-annual survey summarizes participating members' expectations for the year ahead on a global and regional basis, with topics covered including industry outlook, sectors expected to see the most growth, current sector strength, and revenue and fee projections. Survey results are available to members only.

Executive Search in Transition
Strategic study provides a detailed look at the forces affecting the executive recruiting profession today and those that are likely to affect it in the future, with topics covered including history and development of the profession, nature and structure of recruiting firms, conduct of assignments, client relationships, leadership consulting services, client comments, and current and future challenges. Study is available free online.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Executive Search Firms  Search for "561312"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheet detail in dollars and percentages
  • Sources and uses of funds cash flow analysis
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

First Research
Executive Search Services

Financial information section of these profiles includes common-size income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios for the most recent annual reporting period, with average financial measures reported for all companies and by sales size range for small (under $5 million), medium ($5 million to $50 million), and large companies (over $50 million). Sample report can be downloaded and viewed online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Survey of Equity Structures and Compensation at Member Firms
Compensation section of this survey provides salary, bonus, and total compensation data for consultants in relationship to revenue generated and the size of firm (1-10 consultants, 11 or more consultants), and salary data for associates and researchers on an overall basis and by the size of firm, with statistical measures for compensation data including high, low, and median measures. Survey results are available to members only.

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Business Valuation Resources

Survey of Equity Structures and Compensation at Member Firms
Equity structures section of this survey provides information on owner buy-ins and buy-outs, with topics covered including revenue generation required for ownership, timing and terms, valuation methods used for buy-sell purposes, and typical ranges for valuation multiples. Survey results are available to members only.


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