NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The AESC’s 2010 Annual Report on the Retained Executive Search Industry shows senior executive recruiting at its third highest level ever due to a dramatic resurgence in demand following the precipitous decline of 2009. From a downturn in 2009 of -32.5% the industry grew by an average of 28.5% in 2010, putting it at only 13% below the all time industry peak of 2008.
Commenting on this improvement in the industry’s success, Peter Felix, President of the AESC, stated: “A recovery of this magnitude is impressive given the extraordinary decline experienced by our profession in the aftermath of the October 2008 financial crisis. Nevertheless, it is not so surprising given the strong underlying forces that were driving the worldwide shortage of executive talent in 2008, and their immediate resumption as soon as some form of economic recovery became clear. Organizations around the world have been quick to realize that the shortage of talent is being exacerbated not only by the demographic shifts in the West and the demand from emerging markets, but by the nature of the tremendous tasks facing top management.”
Felix continued: “Leadership today is at a premium since organizations cannot ignore the challenges of new competition, evolving technology, industry convergence and globalization. Finding and attracting the superior executive talent able to manage change of this magnitude is an investment process of the highest order and requires optimum professional help.”
Other key features of the AESC’s 2010 report include:
- Strong hiring activity in Industrial, Healthcare and Financial Services sectors.
- A continued rise in executive hiring in the Asia/Pacific region, increasing 31% in 2010.
- Annual growth in the number of new searches started (+24%).
A full copy of the AESC’s 2010 Annual State of the Executive Search Industry report is available upon request to AESC members and the press.
The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) represents the best retained executive search consulting firms around the world and promotes the highest professional standards in the industry. Visit www.aesc.org for more information about AESC, The International Executive Search Directory or BlueSteps, the AESC’s career management service for senior executives.