Global Recruiters Optimistic About Business Conditions

September 3rd, 2014 by The Imagination Factory


Contact: Dave Nerz, President
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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA – September 3, 2014 – NPAworldwide released the results of a survey on business conditions for independent recruitment firms. The survey was distributed to the active members of the network, representing more than 425 independent recruiting firms in more than 30 countries. “Business conditions in the last 3 to 6 months have been mixed based on industry and location,” said Dave Nerz, president of NPAworldwide. “Recruiters have generally experienced better business results than a year ago, but results over the last 90 days have not lived up to what was expected. 95% of those surveyed are optimistic about growth potential for the employment markets in the next 6 months.”

Some other results of this survey showed the following:

  • 52% reported improved conditions in the last 180 days, 24% indicated no change, and 23% reported worse conditions.
  • 58% reported employment markets performing at or above expectations in the last 90 days. This is down from 76% in January.
  • Only 5% of the respondents have a negative outlook for the next 6 months.
  • 15% of those surveyed project fees to be below the levels realized in the prior 6 months.

“This is generally positive news for NPAworldwide members and perhaps the industry in general,” said Nerz. “On a worldwide basis, it seems that conditions are mixed. Some locations are experiencing more difficult conditions than others. Australia, New Zealand, and Asia are not as positive about the recent past and immediate future as North America.”

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, IT / hardware / software / electronics, and chemical process jobs. Weaker-performing segments were identified related to positions in the areas of accounting/financial services and construction / mining.

About NPAworldwide. NPAworldwide is a recruitment network facilitating placements between its members. The network has more than 425 member offices with 1,200 recruiters in 30 countries on 6 continents. For more information, please visit

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