Despite a politically volatile year, 2016 was a very positive year for Executive Search, and business in general from our indicators. The value of the Global Executive Search market broke through $10bn for the first time ever, at the same time the general recruitment market exceeded $500bn….executive search maintaining the 2% discussed in our Why Recruitment Is Like Gin Blog.

Closer to home, 2016 was a record year for business wins. New instructions were at an all time high, helped by a record December where we saw almost 6 months worth of new business won in just 3 weeks; the completion value of which exceeds our first full year turnover!

The breadth of sectors and function is highly encouraging. Newly won roles include a Property sector Chief Experience Officer; a 3rd gen family food production business Managing Director; two Sales Directors; Commodity Manufacturer Head of Supply Chain; Chemical Sector Process & Continuous Improvement Lead, a Pharmaceutical Key Client Engagement Manager role and a CDMO Business Development Manager.

Beyond that, salaries have seen a steady increase with around a 10% uplift across the board for those moving roles, 45% of our placements were female (27% at C-Level) and just under 60% of C-Level placements went to over-40s. European interference over Age or Gender Discrimination seems to remain as unrequired as it is unwelcome. As Brexit (and Trump) have proven, the connection between Politics and Business has never been more disparate.

All of which makes for a very Happy New Year. Best wishes for prosperity and hiring success in 2017.

Live Opportunities

Chief Experience Officer (Property)
£100-125k + LTIP & package
Chief Operating Officer (Retail)
£125-150k + Equity

Managing Director (Manufacturing)
£100k + Package

Marketing Director (Retail)
£100k + Package

Sales Director (Chemicals)
£80-100k + Package

eCommerce Director (Omni Channel)
£90k + Package
Retail Operations Director (National)
£100k + Package
Head of Supply Chain (Manuf)
£50k + package
Key Client Engagement (Pharma)
£65k + package
International BusDev Mgr (Manuf)
£70-80k + Package
Head of eCommerce (Luxury Retail)
£70-80k + Package
Process & CI/Six Sigma Lead (Manuf)
£55-70k + Package

Business Director (US Based)
$10o-125,000
 + Package
VP – North America (eCommerce)
£70k + Package
Business Development Mgr (CDMO)
£60k + Package

Group Financial Controller (Manufacturing)….£50k + Package

Don’t Neglect Your CV

Whoever invented the 2-page CV rule deserves immeasurable pain. Simple mistakes on such a vital document is my biggest frustration.

Keep yours clean with our CV Tips: 20 Things to do…..20 Things to avoid!

Interviewing. 20 Questions That Could Make All The Difference

For all its flaws, the interview is still the best means of assessing individuals for a specific role…..but only if done properly.

For 20 questions to make your interviews better (and 20 more to make you laugh), read more….

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