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Switzerland — First signs of recovery of management employment market

18 September 2009

"In this second semester the market is once again dynamic but we didn't have such a terrible downturn in top management recruitment anyway," Serge Rogivue Director at recruitment agency SR Conseil in Vevey, told La Tribune de Geneve.

Rogivue said further, "the downturn was really at the luxury end of the market. Biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, FMCG and even the banking sector were relatively dynamic during the downturn.

Bernard Briguet, Director of the Swiss Association of Managers (ASC), sees the situation from a completely different angle. He said, "managers are particularly under pressure because they tend to work towards targets and these are not easy to achieve at the moment. They have less personnel and less money to throw at their tasks."

Serge Rogivue agrees that "managers do not leave their jobs at the moment if their companies are at least performing satisfactorily. If they change jobs they do so for career management reasons. Where managers are concerned about the future of their company they make discreet enquiries and talk to head-hunters in order not to stir up the market." Discretion is therefore paramount.



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