Executive Recruiting Market Paces Forward

The market for executive talent has been “hot.”

Our exclusive Recruiter Confidence Index peaked in March but remains high at the end of September when 64% of recruiters told us the market will continue strong for the next six months (Blue line below).


This “hot” recruiting market is reinforced by the fact that almost no recruiters are Not Confident that the market won’t be strong for the next six months (Red line above).

Looking more deeply, recruiters are saying that companies are slowing their rate of executive job creation.

Our exclusive Executive Job Creation Index fell to just a rating of 14 from over 40 back in April. Sixty-two of firms are still looking to “trade-up” in executive talent, but only 14% are looking to add executive positions.


At ExecuNet, we are seeing increasing numbers of employed executives come to us to “test the waters.” Most seem very interested in finding the right next step for them, and we help connect them to positions that may be right for them.

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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