2018 Corporate Recruiters Survey Report

This survey report provides an overview of current employer hiring demand for MBA and business master’s graduates and examines hiring practices and trends by industry and world region.

June 2018

Overview

The 2018 Corporate Recruiters Survey was conducted in February and March 2018 in association with career services offices at 96 participating graduate business schools worldwide. Analysis is based on responses from 1,066 employers in 42 countries worldwide who work directly with participating business schools.

Featured topics of the report include 2017 hiring results and 2018 hiring projections overall, by region, industry, company size, and company type; employer hiring demand by job levels and function; median starting base salaries; and international hiring and student mobility.

Quick Facts

  • Overall, 81 percent of responding companies plan to hire MBA graduates in 2018, despite slight declines in projected hiring among US and European employers. Demand for MBA talent is strongest in Asia Pacific, where 90 percent of employers plan to make MBA hires in 2018—the same share as last year.
  • Around the world, MBA graduates continue to command a salary premium relative to direct-from-industry hires and bachelor’s degree hires. US companies will offer a median starting base salary of US$105,000 to MBA graduates in 2018.
  • The majority of companies outside the United States plan to hire Master in Management (MiM) graduates in 2018. Around 7 in 10 companies in Asia Pacific (73%), Europe (72%), and Latin America (69%) plan to make such hires, compared with 39 percent of US companies.
  • Employer plans to hire international business school graduates have softened in 2018. Forty-seven percent of US companies plan to or are willing to hire international talent in 2018, down from 55 percent that had such plans in 2017.
  • Data analytics continues to be in high demand. Overall, 71 percent of employers plan to place recent business school graduates into data analytics roles in 2018. Thirty-five percent of companies hired Master of Data Analytics graduates in 2017 and 52 percent of companies plan to hire them in 2018.