The Recruiter Confidence Index is down to 46 from 50 last month, meaning that 46 percent of executive recruiters surveyed think they’ll see an increase in the number of their assignments in the next six months. And that 46 percent is predicting just a 2 percent increase.

Evidence that the longest recession in decades is nearing an end is encouraging,” says Mark Anderson, president and chief economist of ExecuNet, which commissioned the survey. “However, uncertainty surrounding the strength of a recovery is clearly a hurdle that will need to be overcome before hiring stages a significant rebound. In the interim, recruiters will continue to see strategic companies selectively upgrading their talent with new hires.”
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