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Job Growth Evident to NPA, The Worldwide Recruiting Network

Job Growth Evident to NPA, The Worldwide Recruiting Network

Following nearly 18 months of below-average placement activity by its member recruiting firms, NPA (www.npaworldwide.com) reports a significant increase in job fills as a result of candidate placements. Some members are seeing a return to more normal levels of recruiting activity but it is still very dependent on industries, geographies, and specialty, says Dave Nerz, the president of NPA, an international split-fee recruiting network.

A recent report issued by ExecuNet, an executive level job board, echoed the findings of NPA. ExecuNet's president and chief economist, Mark Anderson, indicated in his post that recruiters are more confident in future employment by clients. The averages of the ExecuNet Recruiter Confidence Index are at the highest level since July 2007. Mr. Anderson goes on to list the strongest industry areas as:

1. Healthcare
2. Clean/Green Technology
3. Energy
4. Manufacturing
5. Pharmaceuticals/Medical Devices/Biotech

NPA indicates that the most active placement areas in the recruiter-owned network are business analysts/IT, manufacturing-related engineering, and sales and marketing positions. While this is great news for recruiters and those seeking work, it is a cautionary signal to CEOs and those responsible for retaining and developing talent in organizationshold on to the talent you have, says Nerz. There is also a perception by client companies that candidates are plentiful and that speed of action is not an issue when the right fit candidate is located. While it may still be some time before candidates routinely have multiple offers, the best candidates are not available indefinitely and do have alternatives in this rebounding employment market.

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