2023 Talent Trends: Professional Services

April 4, 2023

Each year, Business Talent Group releases the High-End Independent Talent Report, looking across industries and business functions to analyze how business leaders deploy top independent talent to fill critical skill, expertise, and leadership gaps. Here are the key professional services trends for 2023.

As the professional services industry experiences cyclicality in demand, many firms are struggling with aligning workloads to people in seat. On-demand talent are an ideal solution to strategically supplement in-house teams with in-demand expertise and support client needs in business process optimization, opportunity assessment, IT and tech transformation, advanced analytics, M&A, and more.

PROJECT CATEGORIES: Professional Services

2023 Professional Services - Independent Talent Project Categories pie chart
49% Strategy
18% Operations
20% Transformation
7% Organization
6% Interim Leadership


Business Processes

Opportunity Assessment

Marketing and Sales

IT and Tech Transformation

Mergers and Acquisitions

Business Intelligence and Analytics

Product Strategy and Launch

Interim Leadership

Growth Strategy

Human Capital


Due Diligence

Advanced Analytics

Process Optimization and Transformation

Growth Strategy

Strategic Planning

Organizational Design and Workforce Planning

Technology and Systems Implementation

Program Management Office (PMO)

Supply Chain

Operational Excellence


  • Advise on processes employed by a competing product currently in use by the client’s target customer
  • Create a holistic Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy in advance of new SEC regulations
  • Lead the integrated product strategy and launch for a major FinTech client
  • Conduct outside-in financial analysis on client’s company and provide guidance on growth opportunities
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