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Most Event Professionals Back to Full-Time Employment

By M+E Staff

Meetings & Events Pulse Survey also reveals that a majority of companies are currently hiring.

Global DMC Partners recently released the results of its Meetings & Events Pulse Survey. Responses were collected in December 2021 and January 2022 from 107 respondents representing the meetings and events industry, with 70% being planners and the rest representing vendors or suppliers. Planners were primarily third-party/independent planners, with the remainder working in sectors such as finance, pharma, insurance, and associations. Geographically, 40% of respondents were from North America, 45% percent from Europe and 15% from elsewhere. 

Key Insights 

  • Most event professionals are back to work, with 72% being employed full-time now compared to the same time last year (Q1 2021), when only 42% of respondents reported being employed full-time.
  • Survey results indicate that 61% of companies are currently hiring, will be hiring in 2022, or have recently made new hires. Of the companies who are hiring, the majority are hiring for senior and junior planners or entry-level event coordinators. The majority of companies (83%) rely on personal or word-of-mouth referrals for candidates.
  • Social media is another popular way of recruiting new talent. Nearly 64% reported that LinkedIn and other social media postings were most successful, and more than 42% responded that the most popular approach is using an internal recruiter/human resources department/company website. 
  • Companies are looking for candidates who are comfortable managing events in various formats (in-person, hybrid, and virtual) and accustomed to working in a dynamic environment where the event format is fluid and can change at any minute. 
  • The majority (51%) of open roles in the MICE industry are hiring staff that must live in a specific location, while 18% of respondents indicated it depends on the role, as they are hiring both for location-specific and remote positions. 

It’s great to see good news as the meetings and events industry continues to bounce back after the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.