ISM Search, the European U.K.-based executive recruitment and head-hunting service specializing in the sporting goods sector, recently conducted a survey among its candidates in the industry to find out the relevant factors in the successful hiring and retention of key talents. According to ISM, it is the first survey of its kind to investigate the relationship between employer and employees in the sporting goods sector. The “European Sporting Goods Industry Employee Survey 2017” was conducted in Europe, with a specific focus on Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden and the U.K. Among its findings, the survey has revealed that nearly one third of respondents will be very likely to be looking for a new job within the next 12 months. In terms of job security, employees in Germany are the ones who feel they have the highest job security, followed by Swedish employees, while U.K. is at the bottom. When asked about the factors that are deemed to be important when searching for a new job, company culture was quite surprisingly rated as far more important than salary. The scope of the role was also rated by candidates among the most important factors. The full results of the survey are available upon request, free of charge, from ISM Search. Requests can be sent by email to: