Demand for diversity in the executive search industry 2020

According to a survey published in 2020, 28 percent of executive search firms stated their clients do not require diverse shortlists. This compares to only 18 percent of respondents who stated that the majority of their clients requested diversity amongst potential candidates for executive positions.

Share of executive search firms whose clients require diverse shortlists in 2020

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period


Number of respondents

400 respondents

Special properties

executive search professionals

Supplementary notes

Survey region, method and date of survey not disclosed by the source.
Original question: Do your clients require diverse shortlists?

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