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53% of UK headhunters say that senior execs should change employer twice in their Forties to benefit

53% of UK headhunters say that senior execs should change employer twice in their Forties to benefit significantly

Early Forties best age to be appointed to the Board

A new report compiled by InterExec has revealed that more than half of UK headhunters (53%) say that senior executives should change their employer, on average, twice between the ages of 38 and 52 in order to benefit significantly.

How often should a senior executive between the ages of 38-52 change their employer to benefit significantly?

The report goes on to reveal that 43% of UK headhunters think that 41-45 is the best age for a senior executive to be appointed to the Board of a listed company.

Whilst 17% of headhunters believe that 50 and over is the best age to be appointed to the Board, a significant 83% of headhunters believe that under 50 is the best age.

What is the optimum age to be appointed to the Board of a listed company?

The report, which was conducted by InterExec, the Confidential Agent that represents senior executives seeking positions paying &pound150,000 to &pound1m, surveyed a cross-section of the top senior executive headhunters across the UK.

Kit Scott-Brown, managing director of InterExec, commented: “With 80% of headhunters agreeing that senior executives need to change their employer two or three times from the age of 38-52, it suggests that many executives are hitting a glass ceiling within their company and having to move employer to achieve the best career progression.”  

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