About Global Recruitment Insights and Data

Bullhorn’s Global Recruitment Insights and Data site utilizes information from an online survey of global recruitment agency employees. A total of 2,185 responses were received globally. The survey was fielded on a rolling basis across countries in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific from September 11, 2018 to November 30, 2018.

Nearly half of the respondents operate primarily in the temporary (24 percent) and contract (23) space, followed by permanent placement (31 percent) and executive search (11 percent). Less than two percent each operate as Managed Service Providers, within Recruitment Process Outsourcing, and encompassing other formats.

Less than half of the companies employ fewer than 25 recruiters and salespeople (48 percent) while nearly a quarter (22 percent) employ more than 50 recruiters and salespeople. More than half of respondents work in recruiting or HR/Talent Acquisition (51 percent), and a significant portion are executives (25 percent).

Half of respondents say their firms generate less than $5 million in annual revenue (50 percent) and nearly a quarter of firms (24 percent) bring in more than $25 million. Participants reflect a wide variety of placement disciplines and industries served.

Please note, some figures may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding or question design (e.g., the ability to provide multiple answers). Some respondent quotes were edited for clarity and length.


About Bullhorn

Bullhorn is the global leader in CRM and operations software for the recruitment industry. More than 8,000 recruitment companies rely on Bullhorn’s cloud-based platform to drive sales, build relationships, and power their recruitment processes from end to end. Headquartered in Boston, with offices around the world, Bullhorn is founder-led and employs more than 700 people globally. To learn more, visit or follow @Bullhorn on Twitter.

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Bob McHugh

Senior Content Marketing Manager


Bob McHugh is the Senior Content Marketing Manager at Bullhorn. Before joining Bullhorn, Bob spent five years at the digital marketing agency, Brafton, as a Social Media and Engagement Manager. He earned his bachelor's degree from Siena College and his MFA in writing from Emerson College.