Employers continue to ramp up business development efforts by adding to their sales forces. Over the past 90 days, employers posted more than 78,000 new job ads for Sales Managers, a 15% increase over the same period in 2010. Overall demand is now up 74% from its 4-year low in February 2009.
Hiring Demand for Sales Managers – 4 Years:
Demand for sales managers increased in all but 2 of the top 25 metro areas over the comparable period in 2010: metro NYC has the highest demand for sales managers, by a wide margin, but the hottest growth spots were the Kansas City, Detroit, Denver, Atlanta, and Columbus metro areas.
Top 25 Metro Areas by Hiring Demand — Sales Managers — Past 90 Days vs. Same Period 2010:
Hiring demand can't tell the whole story, however. Despite having nearly equal numbers of job postings and a similar growth trajectory, employers in Denver will have a more difficult time sourcing talent for their sales managers positions than employers in Detroit, according to our Hiring Scale measurements, below. This is because the talent pool in Detroit for this position is more than twice as large—5,280 potential candidates in Detroit vs. 2,310 in Denver.
Hiring Scale Metrics — Denver and Detroit Metro Areas:
The top 5 corporate employers looking to hire sales managers are ADP, AT&T, Microsoft, IBM, and AT&T Business Solutions.