NPAworldwide: Global outlook of recruitment

Global recruitment network NPAworldwide has announced the results of its business barometer survey.

Conducted twice annually, the survey asks small and independent recruiters - that are members of the NPAworldwide global network - to document past results and predict the future outlook of the industry.

The survey questioned more than 500 independent members of NPAworldwide, with the majority of respondents from North America (65%), 23% from Australia/New Zealand, and 12% from Asia, EMEA or Latin America.

48% reported that business had improved in the last 180 days, 31% said it remained the same and 21% stated it has worsened.

68% saw business performing at or above expectations in the last 90 days, and only nine per cent had a negative outlook for the next six months.

Dave Nerz, President of NPAworldwide, comments: “Member recruiters are very positive about business conditions over the last 180 days and see a continuation of positive momentum for the near future.”

“More than 90% of the independent business owners surveyed are forecasting similar or improved market conditions in the next 180 days.”

“Our member-owners listed the manufacturing/supply Chain, accounting/finance and technology vertical markets as particularly strong. The results of the business barometer overall pointed to a continuing positive trend for the independent firms that are working cooperatively within our recruitment network,” Nerz adds.

“Clients are offering our members many open assignments. The assignments are difficult, the candidates scarce, but with the cooperation between independents, many openings are being filled. Most firms have more work than they are capable of filling on their own, so the NPAworldwide partner model is producing results for both their businesses and the employers they service.”

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