New York, NY (PRWEB) July 15, 2014
Sixty-five percent of beauty professionals report that they are planning a job move within the year, according to the 2014 Salary and Job Market Report, Beauty Edition released by 24 Seven Inc., the fastest growing international search firm specializing in Beauty, Fashion, Retail, Marketing, Digital, and Design, in partnership with the non-profit professional organization, Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW). The report also finds that restless job seekers in beauty are confident about their chances, with an increasing number (67 percent) stating that they feel their skills are in demand in the marketplace.
Driving career wanderlust is the desire for a higher base salary, career advancement concerns, and hope for a better quality of life. While 59 percent are satisfied with their job, most beauty professionals surveyed are disillusioned, with only 39 percent stating that their current role exceeds expectations.
Hiring and Salaries Are on the Rise, but Raises Are Lower
The number of executives reporting that hiring is the same or higher this year is up significantly from 2013 (84 percent versus 70 percent). Seventy-seven percent of professionals reported an increase in total compensation, but by a modest average of 4 percent (down from 5.5 percent last year). With compensation being the top reason to switch jobs, conservative salary increases may incent talent to seek greener pastures elsewhere. Their timing may be just right, as 80 percent of respondents reported being approached with job opportunities in the last year – 40 percent of those were approached more frequently than the year before.
“The pool of top talent seems to be shrinking in beauty, especially in Sales, Marketing, Design & Creative, Operations, and Digital – as executives reported these as the areas hardest to recruit,” said Celeste Gudas, CEO and founder of 24 Seven Inc. “Companies who will win the war for the most-highly sought candidates are taking a holistic approach to luring them, making sure that competitive compensation, benefits, work/life balance, and career cultivation round out an irresistible package for top performers. Our study shows that beauty executives are under mounting pressure to attract and retain game changers. So along with salary and monetary bonuses, the top talent lures include some type of time benefit (whether flex time, telecommuting, summer hours or comp days) and clearly defined professional growth opportunities.”
The second annual study, co-sponsored with CEW, surveyed nearly 800 beauty professionals, ranging from the executive suite to the beauty counter, across all beauty industry segments. “The findings from this report provide greater clarity on the wants and needs across different job functions in the beauty industry," says Carlotta Jacobson, President of CEW. “It provides proprietary information on how to attract and retain the best talent, as well as insight into compensation trends and the general mood in the job market. It is a vital tool for both hiring managers and employees alike.”
Key findings of the study include:
Notes on Survey Methodology and Analysis
24 Seven Inc. surveyed almost 800 beauty professionals around the world. The survey examined the current state and prevailing attitudes of the employment market in the beauty industry. Of those surveyed, 90 percent were female, 10 percent were male; 43 percent of respondents worked for a company with over $500 million in sales, and 70 percent were GenXers. Furthermore, 45 percent of those surveyed were non-managerial talent, 32 percent were manager level, and 13 percent were executives (with a title of Vice President and above). For a copy of the 2014 Salary and Job Market Report, Beauty Edition, please visit http://www.24seventalent.com/salary-trends.
About 24 Seven Inc.:
As a strategic resource for talent management, 24 Seven Inc. helps creatively driven global brands identify, recruit, and secure game changing talent. Our innovative approach combines global reach, industry expertise, and market intelligence to deliver top performers that advance the unique business goals of our clients. We are the go-to talent source supporting the world’s top teams in Fashion, Retail, Marketing, Advertising, Interactive/Digital, E-commerce, Design, Beauty, Events, and Sports/Lifestyle. Our strategic recruiting professionals have either personally worked in or recruited exclusively for the industry practice they serve. Their hands-on experience makes them experts at perfectly matching candidates to clients. For more information, visit http://www.24seventalent.com.
Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc. (CEW) is a nonprofit, professional organization, with more than 6,000 members, both men and women, from over 1,700 companies in the beauty and related industries. CEW brings the beauty community together, at every stage of their careers, from every facet of the industry. CEW leads the conversation in beauty, addressing topics that are shaping the future of the industry and provides unparalleled access to industry influencers and thought leaders. CEW provides the connections, tools, and leadership development resources to move careers forward, and recognizes professional achievement and innovation in the industry to inspire the next generation of leaders. CEW is based in New York City, and also hosts events for the beauty community in Los Angeles. Additionally, CEW has associated organizations in France and the United Kingdom. The CEW Foundation supports Cancer and Careers, a comprehensive program for people balancing work and cancer. For more information, visit cew.org.