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Competition for talent strong; advisers aid with employment issues

Midlands Business Journal – November 18, 2016 Aureus Group

The hyper-competitive market for local talent shows no signs of waning, with partnerships representing allies for employers who are struggling with recruitment, among other day-to-day challenges. Aureus Group’s Chris Carlson-Dennell, managing director, said because there are only so many available executive positions, many in the Midwest are “underemployed.” Further, she notes the search and staffing firm specializing in finance and accounting, information systems and tech, and executive search has experienced a significant uptick in direct hires – while contract, temporary, and project wok remains flat. “Succession planning, interim consulting roles and ownership transitions are still hot,” Carlson-Dennell said. “The demographics indicate this will continue to be an opportunity for many executives.” She also notes alternative insurance plans and cost are requiring more time and expertise, while IT security, remote workforce, employee development, branding, and culture round out other top-of-mind concerns.

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