The European Confederation of Search and Selection Associations ECSSA was formed in 2004 by the French, German and Italian Executive Search associations. Belgium, Spain and the UK joined closely after. ECSSA currently counts six national member associations in European countries. The primary objective of ECSSA is to develop the Recruitment and Search & Selection industry on a European Level by professional ethics and standards, to become a dynamic forum for networking and exchange of information and views between members and to promote the interests of the Recruitment and Search & Selection industry among different European organizations.

The level of business activity of the recruitment consultancy industry requires a finely-tuned steering given the frequency and reactivity with which it is evolving. That is why the index supplied by the barometer of the European Executive Recruitment market, created by ECSSA in 2010, offers a tool that makes it possible to anticipate the industry’s short-term and mid-term developments.

The increase in the ECSSA State of the Industry Barometer for March 2017 to the current value of 36.9 confirms the upward trend observed since the first quarter of 2016. With the exception of Spain - where the index value remains at a constant levelof 20.2 -, the business climate has improved significantly in the other markets considered.