Robbie - we've just completed a survey of 122 of our client contacts (predominantly consulting firms with a minority of recruitment agency responses). Will be posting an editorial about the findings in the coming days but the headlines in terms of your question are:
- only 7% of recruiters believe a hiring upturn in consulting got underway earlier this year
- 45% believe a hiring upturn is getting underway now or started earlier this year
- 79% of recruiters believe a hiring recovery is underway already or will be by early 2010
- 21% therefore believe it will be mid-2010 and beyond before a hiring upturn gets underway
So essentially what we're seeing is a decent pick up in firms' expectations of their hiring activity levels, but with a segment of the consulting market clearly much harder hit and not able to foresee a return to hiring anytime soon. This pretty much correlates with the activity levels we've been seeing at Top-Consultant and the new assignment levels that recruitment agencies have been buoyed by in recent weeks.
Hope this helps - and if you'd like more input re. your career options it would be great to see you in December at <i><a href=http://events.top-consultant.com/UK/careerconference.aspx?ID=421>Your career at a crossroads – which way next?</a></i>