Bleak Economic Outlook Boosts Investor Relations Headcount

It seems that the economic downturn has brought an unexpected boost to IR departments – according to this research.

The Wriglesworth Consultancy

  • 2 in 5 Investor Relations departments increased headcounts in the past year
  • Only 1 in 10 departments have reduced headcount despite a rise in economic negativity
  • Nearly half of Investor Relations professionals (49%) have a negative economic outlook, up 19 percentage points since 2010
  • 2 in 3 state their most recent bonus was an increase on the year before

Investor Relations is an area of corporate communications that is experiencing strong growth, with 42% of Investor Relations (IR) departments reporting an increased headcount over the past twelve months, according to specialist marketing and communications recruiter EMR.

Research conducted among 480 Investor Relations professionals*, conducted in conjunction with the Investor Relations Society, found that 50% of financial PR agencies had increased their headcount in the past 12 months, as have 53% of organisations in the banking sector and 23% of in-house IR departments.

Negativity about the UK’s economic future has increased…

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