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Executive Search Recruiters in the UK: Market Research Report

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Executive Search Recruiters Market Research Report | SIC UK0.013 | Jan 2017

In a strong position: Despite a temporary dip, revenue is well placed for further growth

IBISWorld’s Executive Search Recruiters market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Market Share of Companies
Odgers (Group) Limited Odgers (Group) Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The recession caused a sharp contraction in revenue in the Executive Search Recruiters industry, leaving the industry with lost ground to recover. Having reached a nadir in 2009-10, the industry has since recovered and revenue has grown fairly consistently over the past five years. IBISWorld estimates that industry revenue will increase at a compound annual rate of 3.7% over the five years through 2016-17 to reach £1.3 billion. Improving economic conditions have been the driving force behind industry expansion since the beginning of 2013-14, resulting in greater demand for the industry's services. However, falling business confidence following the decision to leave the European Union is expected to cause a contraction in revenue of 4.3%% over the current year... purchase to read more

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Retained search

Recruiters are usually contracted to administer retained searches for which they receive an upfront fee or retainer. Typically, retained searches are used to source the most senior and highest paid executives, involving anything from market research and potential target shortlisting to candidate approach and ultimate recruitment. Retained search is the most expensive product on offer by the industry, reflecting the time and effort required by the undertaking. However, as clients move the recruitment process in-house, retained searches are increasingly being used solely for candidate research, shortlist and initial target approach. Once interest is established, in-house HR operations are then handling the interview and recruitment processes. Thi.. purchase to read more


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What is the Executive Search Recruiters Industry?

Executive search recruiters, known informally as headhunters, specialise in the recruitment of senior or executive personnel on behalf of clients. Services include targeted research and identification; candidate approach and vetting; and facilitation of the recruitment and assimilation processes.

Industry Products
Retained searchDelimited or engaged search Contingent searchOther services
Industry Activities
Researching prospective recruitment targetsApproaching recruitment candidatesScreening and interviewing candidatesFacilitating the recruitment and assimilation process, including remuneration and contract negotiationProviding additional advisory and consulting services

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