In a diverse continent such as Europe, smaller regional executive search firms rule the market with strong client relationships and USPs.
In Europe, there are over 3,700 organizations and individuals (excluding UK) that provides Executive Search services but only less than 300 firms that offers true Retained Executive Search or Direct Approach Executive Search as popularly known in the continent. There is also a rise in individual or freelance executive recruiters, often market or industry veterans who are retained for key search mandates.
Retained Executive Search takes a consultative approach like management consulting in hiring senior executives, typically Board positions, C-Suite, and other critical leadership positions. This form of search is ideal when you need the most qualified person and not just a qualified person.
We are proud to present to you our Top 50 Executive Search Firms in Europe for 2023.
Our annual survey captures direct market feedback from candidates, clients and executive search buyers. Candidates who were placed, approached, or recommended for a role, in addition to brand recognition and executive search buyers who used a search firm for recruitment services participated in the public survey. Our resume and job description sharing and tracking platform gives us access to a large number of relevant senior executives in the market.
Our survey data is used by over 110 clients in Europe and those looking to recruit in Europe to determine their executive search buying strategy.
Our ranking is a true reflection of what the market thinks about each of these firms and must fulfil the below criteria.
Survey period: 1June 2023 – 30 October 2023 Individual respondents: 16,300
Professional level of participants: Board Members, C-Suite Executives, Next Level Down Executives (SVP, EVP, Heads and critical roles), In-house Senior HR Executives etc.
Our ranking is not solely based on revenue or size of the business. “Revenue-only” approach to ranking puts smaller firms and those not willing to disclose revenue at a disadvantage even though they are deeply valued and trusted by candidates and clients alike.
Our ranking does not include firms headquartered in the UK.
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