RETS Associates recently completed a survey of 270 financial analysts across the U.S. in the commercial real estate industry. The data compiled from this survey coupled with the 50 financial analyst searches handled by RETS over the past 12 months has provided RETS with keen insights into this segment of the industry.
As the overall health of the real estate industry continues to improve and reach levels that have not been realized since 2008, employers continue to hire financial analysts in droves. For the 12-month period ending in July 2014, RETS has seen an 80% increase in the number of financial analyst searches handled compared to 2012. The financial analyst segment is a great entry point into commercial real estate and the growth in demand for these professionals bodes well for the industry.
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Through the first five months of 2014, RETS has surpassed all previous hiring metric records in our 13 year history! In the past, the number of job searches were typically lighter during the first and last quarter of the year, but since 2010, RETS has seen a 248% increase in its Q1 job searches – that is an additional 87 searches in one quarter. Our record also indicates that our overall number of searches have almost doubled from 2010 to 2011 and then increased an additional 21% from 2012 to 2013. This confirms that the economy is continuing to grow and business opportunities are flourishing. A few highlights:
DIRECT AND EXECUTIVE RECRUITING
Going into 2014, RETS has continued seeing a rise in direct (permanent/full time) recruiting; in fact, in comparison to this time last year, there has been a 32% increase in the total number of direct hire positions being filled. “It is clear that the market for talent is extremely active and those clients that have a defined and efficient hiring process are the ones that are securing the best talent,” says Kent Elliott, a principal of RETS. “A perfect example of this is a CFO search that RETS completed in the Bay Area (May 2014). The client interviewed 5 candidates over a three day period, narrowed it down to two candidates, and then the selected candidate accepted the offer within a couple of days.”