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Interim Market Report 2011 - Corporate Governance Outlook

The corporate governance recruitment market has an air of normality about it. Whilst demand in most sectors is nothing to write home about, the recruitment market is turning over and candidate shortages are as evident today as at anytime in the past.

Against this, the economic environment is about as far removed from normal as it ever has been. Zero interest rates are not a product of a healthy economy and there are very real risks to both the UK and wider world economy. Currently it is the sovereign debt crisis in Europe that is most clearly in focus. There are likely to be others that will become more clear during the course of the next few months.

We make this point because corporate governance is now an established source of employment for tens of thousands of people. It has a vibrant recruitment market where skills and experience are bought and sold. However nobody should forget that ultimately it is all dependent on the economy.

Unfortunately we have no better idea how the economic chips will ultimately fall than anyone else. Muddling through over an extended period of time is probably the most likely scenario. In the UK it is seemingly consistent with the current sub trend growth and declining standards of living.

We should therefore be grateful that even though not as many corporate governance vacancies are likely to be generated or filled as we would like, for the moment confidence remains sufficiently high for the wheels of the recruitment market to keep turning. Whilst hardly inspiring it would not be such a bad scenario to anticipate for the remainder of 2011. Corporate governance practitioners remain in a better bargaining position than most other groups within the UK employment market.

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