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Executive recruitments progress in the third quarter


According to a study by Apec, “the dynamics of executive employment are confirmed and even amplified”. And this, despite "uncertainties" due to the shortage of raw materials.

Executive recruitments from the private sector increased compared to last year in the third quarter, marked by "

a more dynamic summer period than usual on the front of executive job offers

", according to a study by the Association for executive employment (Apec) published Wednesday.

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The dynamic of executive employment is confirmed and even amplified

", but "

uncertainties exist

" which could "


" hiring in the fourth quarter: "

the difficulty of recruiting

" and "

the shortage of components and raw materials

" , commented at a press conference the director general of Apec, Gilles Gateau, still "

worried in the short term

" for young graduates.

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In the third quarter, 10% of private companies finalized at least one executive hiring, according to the Apec study. Admittedly, "

due to the seasonality of hiring

", this rate fell by 4 points compared to the second quarter, but it increased by 2 points compared to the third quarter of 2020, underlines the association.

And "

for the first time since the start of the health crisis

", the number of executive job offers published on the Apec site exceeded that of 2019 "

in a comparable quarter

", with an increase of 8% in the third quarter compared to the same period of 2019, notes Apec.


There is certainly a catching-up effect

", companies having "

waited for better days

", and "

it creates tensions on recruitments

", noted Mr. Gateau.

Discrepancy with salary expectations

In terms of hiring finalized in the third quarter, 69% of mid-size companies and large companies have recruited at least one executive, ahead of 14% of SMEs and 5% of VSEs.

Asked about their hiring intentions, 11% of companies say they want to recruit an executive in the fourth quarter.

But “

the recruitment difficulties

” that they foresee “have

reached their highest level for a year,

” points out Apec.

In question "


": the "

lack of available profiles

", the "


" between applications and job requirements, and "

more and more

" the "



of candidates


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As for executives, more than half of them (52%) believe that changing companies today is "

an opportunity rather than a risk


This study is based on two surveys carried out from September 6 to 21, one online with a sample of 2,000 executives representative of executives in the private sector with or without a job, the other by telephone with a sample of 1,000 companies representative of private companies employing at least one manager.

Source: lefigaro

All business articles on 2021-10-27

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