Ranking of the top personnel consultants in 2013

Source: independent study 2012 University Ingolstadt and study of BDU Consultants in Germany 2010/2011 

Link to original study

A independent study of University Ingolstadt found out, that hunting heads international is No. 2 of all headhunter companies in Europe. The ranking is based on revenue and growth of

Headhunter Top 10 Europa

01| Egon Zehnder
02| hunting heads worldwide Executive Search Group
03| Spencer Stuart
04| Signium International
05| Heads!
06| Odgers Berndtson
07| Korn/Ferry
08| Russell Reynolds
09| Heidrick & Struggles
10| DHR International

Executive Search Ranking list Europe

Executive Search Firm Partnership

• ECI Group
• Filott International
• hunting heads worldwide Executive Search Group
• IIC Partners
• Penrhyn International
• Slayton Search Partners
• The Amrop Hever Group
• The Conscientia Group
• The Taplow Group GmbH Global Human Capital Consulting
• TRANSEARCH International

Executive Search Ranking list worldwide

Top 15 worldwide

1. Korn/Ferry
2. Egon Zehnder
3. Heidrick & Struggles
4. Russell Reynolds
5. hunting heads worldwide Executive Search Group
6. Boyden Global Executive Search
7. Spencer Stuart
8. Odgers Berndtson
9. DHR International
10. Stanton Chase International
11. Signium International
12. Amrop Kinghtsbrige
13. Transearch
14. IIC Partners
15. Glasford International

Top10 Headhunter Ranking list Europe

What are we doing different compared to other head hunter companies? The increasing demand for Managers and Specialists needs state of the art processes in recruiting. Traditional head hunters may have good contact potential. The Members of hunting heads worldwide Executive Search Group has more. We contact active and passive candidates. Through the combination of traditional and modern contacting methods we are able to get better and faster results. Most properly, no one in our business has more applicants than hunting heads worldwide Executive Search Group

The study also looked for the level of satisfaction of customers using Headhunters. Here again hunting heads is by far the market leader. Customers are only happy up to a 50% level with their suppliers. Hunting heads worldwide Executive Search Group closes 97% of their orders successfully.

Another question was why are Headhunters or Personnel agencies are being asked to help finding the right people. Most importantly Headhunters are finding usually such people not applying on advertisements.  And the second reason is to get people with special needed know how. Also, the study compares the different approach of personnel agencies and Headhunter companies.

Personnel agencies are entering the market pro actively and counselling the customers how to place an advertisement and applicants applying are being forwarded to the customers. The Headhunter business is far more complex. We call it the hunting heads way, as Mr. Zirbes – former Founder of the worldwide active hunting heads Executive Search Group explains.

Usual Headhunter companies assisting companies during the search for Top Managers up to Board Members. Differently, hunting heads started as the first Headhunter to use the direct search approach also for the search of Managers and Specialist at lower levels. Doing this since 1997 we had an exceptional growth till then. Our Business is finding the elite starting at a salary level of  € 120.000 p.a. up to € 1.5 Million p.a.

The real Headhunter in our definition

Successful headhunting means a in depth analyse of the customers requirement, a detailed appraisal of candidates, a professional team with huge personal experience and a successful career history of themselves. It is not enough to learn the basics and having a abstract knowledge to become a Headhunter. There are to many time thieves, consultants and highly paid talkers not knowing what the customer is looking for. How can a person successfully act in our trade who has not made the necessary experiences himself. How can such a person decide how is the right candidate?

The hunting heads way starts at the project counselling, continues with the market research, telephone and personal interviews. The company than receives a short list of candidates, all being in the position to have an first interview with the customer. Out of that the placements will be done.
But we are not finished as yet. After the placement we keep close contact with the customer and the hired candidate. This is the hunting heads way of doing business.



• Real Headhunting, Direct Search does not mean that you call a candidate from a social media database, directly!

You will find this service at the best price in India.

• real headhunting does not mean that the unqualified recruiters, who have not yet been operationally engaged in a management function, will present you candidates.

• Real head hunting is also no search for unemployed in the free market or job agency.

• According to our philosophy, real headhunting does NOT mean that you will get 50 candidates who your secretary can also choose from the web.

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