Talent Climate Index

Stormy times or sunny prospects?

Talent management is affected by changes and trends – just like the general economic situation. Profil M regularly cooperates with Prof. Dr. Klaus P. Stulle of Fresenius University to analyse the “Talent Climate Index”.

This allows us to provide you with regular information about developments in internal and external labour markets, as well as the key trends in talent management in organisations that operate on an international scale.

What are the current and future tendencies regarding the options for acquiring talent internally or externally? How well prepared are organisations to utilise these developments effectively? How do managers and HR experts assess the extent of the stakeholders’ commitment?

The Talent Management Index uses five key questions as the basis for a pertinent analysis of the current situation and trend forecasts in talent management. The survey focuses on a representative selection of companies and is carried out at regular intervals.

Take the opportunity to give us your assessment of the situation and development of Talent Management in your company.

Current TCI results for the first half of 2022

Talent climate at lowest level since surveys began
After the talent climate briefly took a positive turn, triggered by the pandemic, the downward trend has not only continued since 2021. The climate is at its lowest level since the surveys began in 2016. Talent availability has never been this poor. This applies above all to the external labor market. The forecasts of the respondents, who assume that the situation will worsen significantly in the foreseeable future, are particularly decisive for this further substantial deterioration.

HR experts only moderately available but situation not consistently poor
Contrary to some statements and posts about the particularly tense situation in HR areas, candidates for HR functions are not readily available on the whole, but the situation is not consistently poor either. HR experts are therefore not a particularly critical target group in the context of the generally challenging talent situation.

Need for qualification in HR functions that are particularly critical to success
In addition to the HR management roles, the functions in HR development/talent management as well as HR marketing and recruiting are currently seen as particularly relevant to success. However, the increased importance of professional, forward looking talent acquisition and development is not only accompanied by a growing demand for experts. New demands are also being made that require new skills and thus qualifications. The need for qualification is therefore highest in these functions.


The survey takes just four minutes to complete.

TCI → Second half 2021

In the spotlight: Shaping the new world of work

TCI → First half of 2021

Talent in times of crisis

TCI → Second half of 2020

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the recruitment market

TCI → First half of 2020

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on HR work

TCI → Second half of 2019

Purpose and meaning at the workplace

TCI → First half of 2019

Decision-making behavior of different generations

TCI → Second half of 2018

Main focus: Measures in internal Talent Management

TCI → First half of 2018

Main focus: Measures in external Talent Management

TCI → Second half of 2017

Main focus: Factors influencing the success of talent management

TCI → First half of 2017

Main focus: Factors influencing the success of talent management

TCI → Second half of 2016

Main focus: Results from different perspectives