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97% see business conditions improving, survey finds

NPA's survey was distributed to the active members of the network, representing more than 400 independent recruiting firms in more than 30 countries. “Our member recruiters experienced an improvement in business conditions for their businesses in the last 6 month and are optimistic about the growth potential for the employment markets in the next 6 months,” said Dave Nerz, president of NPA. “This survey of recruiting firm owners showed that 97% of those surveyed see conditions improving or remaining the same for their businesses over the next 180 days.”

Some other results of this survey of 400 independent members of the global recruiters network showed the following:

53% reported improved conditions in the last 180 days, 23% indicated no change, and 23% reported worse conditions.

72% reported employment markets performing at or above expectations in the last 90 days.

37% of respondents see their market getting more competitive.

Only 3% of the respondents have a negative outlook for the next 6 months.

15% project fees to be below the levels realized in the prior 6 months.

“This is good news for NPA members and perhaps the contingent recruiting industry in general,” said Nerz. “On a worldwide basis, it seems that conditions are improving and growing stronger.”

The survey also seeks to identify “strong” and “weak” industries/segments of the employment markets. The most active markets identified by the survey were manufacturing/construction/mining and chemical process jobs. Weaker-performing segments were identified related to positions in the areas of accounting/financial services.

NPA, The Worldwide Recruiting Network is a global recruiting network facilitating placements between its members. NPA has 400 member offices with more than 1,200 individual consultants in 28 countries on 6 continents.


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