Economic Volatility Remains Top Concern of Global Executives

January 8, 2013 – A majority of global executives share a neutral to positive attitude about the executive job market for 2013, according to the 2013 Global Executive Outlook Survey, BlueSteps, the career management service of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC). Thirty-seven percent of global executives harbor a neutral perception about executive opportunities in 2013, while 36 percent report a positive outlook for the year. The study, compiled from a December survey of more than 600 executives worldwide, reveals that executives feel more positive about the general business climate for 2013, with 42 percent harboring a positive impression for business this year—up seven percentage points over last year’s data. Primary concerns for business in 2013 cited by global executives include ongoing global economic volatility, with many executives pointing to the financial crisis in Europe, political gridlock, a perceived lack of fiscal responsibility in Washington, D.C., and a slowdown in Asia Pacific.

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