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Executive Search and Recruiting Services

SIC 7361  |  NAICS 561312

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts


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 industry research reports 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
https://huntscanlon.com/
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
https://www.aesc.org/
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
https://www.aesc.org / 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
https://www.aesc.org/
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
https://www.aesc.org / 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
https://thrivetrm.com/

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
Executive Recruiting Firms Market Analysis
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "561312"

Market analysis report provides 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.



Financial Statements and Financial Ratios


BizMiner
Industry Financial Ratios
Executive Recruiting Firms
https://www.bizminer.com  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 including:
Sample customizable reports that allow users to compare their company to industry financial ratios on a national and metro area basis are available free online.

IBISWorld
Executive Search & Recruiting Services
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of annual revenues for firms that provide search, recruiting, and placement services for clients with specific requirements for key executive or senior management positions, with the fees for these services typically based on a proportion of the first-year annual compensation for a position.



Compensation and Salary Surveys


Tempting Talent
USA Executive Recruitment & Search Compensation Report
https://www.temptingtalent.com/

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
https://www.payscale.com/

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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