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Search firms predict a senior executive talent shortage

The 2013 Executive Search Industry Global Outlook Report just released by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) shows that half of global executive search consultants hold a neutral outlook for the executive search busi­ness in 2013 - an ongoing trend since the end of 2011. The remaining 29% of search consultants feel optimistic, sharing a positive outlook, while the minority (22%), harbor a negative view for 2013.

AESC President, Peter Felix, commented: “Our 2013 outlook report is understandably reflective of the general economic and political conditions prevailing in different parts of the globe.  In the United States, the largest market for executive search in the world, in spite of the political uncertainty of the past few months there is no doubt that the economy is on the mend and that organizations are again recognizing the crucial need of finding top talent in a market where there is still a talent shortage. There are indications that markets such as India and China will be recovering during 2013, although the picture throughout the emerging markets is not consistent. Brazil, for example, continues to indicate sluggish growth. Europe offers the most cause for concern with the previously strong German market slowing down and the Latin countries - France, Italy and Spain - continuing to suffer from the Euro zone crisis and the pessimism which it has generated. The UK, the second largest market for executive search worldwide, continues to hold its own but there are few indications of optimism or growth. All in all, the 2013 outlook for the worldwide executive search profession is very mixed. However, with overall revenues continuing at levels not far from their peak in 2008, the industry has reason to be optimistic for the longer term moving into 2014 and beyond.”
 
The senior executive talent shortage continues, predicted by search firms to be the most visible this year in China, Brazil and Africa. Respondents voted that the best and brightest talent is most needed within the Engineering, General Management and Board of Director functions in 2013. The Energy/Natural Resources sector is expected to see the most growth in the year ahead, followed by Healthcare/Life Sciences. Half of executive search firms polled plan to hire more consultants this year, and around 30% plan to hire more research staff.
 
Peter Felix added: “Ironically, in spite of some feelings of pessimism for the global search industry as a whole, many executive search firms present a much more positive outlook for their own search practices during 2013, planning to recruit additional consultants and researchers in order to satisfactorily service those sectors where demand continues to be robust. Despite a lackluster outlook for the global industry, individual search practices can remain strong as firms tap into new market opportunities, replacing once-vigorous sectors such as financial services that have been badly hit in recent years.”

Complete copies of the 2013 AESC Executive Outlook report is available to BlueSteps members and AESC members. The reports are available to the global media upon request - email Joe Chappell at jchappell@aesc.org.

About The Association of Executive Search Consultants
The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) is the worldwide professional association for the retained executive search industry. The AESC promotes the highest professional standards in retained executive search consulting, broadens public understanding of the executive search process, and serves as an advocate for the interests of its member firms. For more information, or to download the AESC Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Guidelines, please visit www.aesc.org.

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Since 1959, the AESC has set the standard for quality and ethics in executive search and leadership consulting worldwide. Because AESC members must commit and adhere to the AESC's industry and government recognized Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Guidelines, clients can be assured that AESC members are able to serve as trusted advisors for their most important engagements. As the voice for executive search and leadership consulting worldwide, today the AESC is comprised of more than 350 member firms, representing 8,000 executive search professionals in 75 countries. To learn more about the AESC and its membership, visit www.aesc.org.

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