It often surprises people outside of the US that Academia is such a huge market for executive search firms - it's a growing market in other parts of the World but is nothing like as established.  

Education is also a sector that is seeing increasing growth in internal search teams - just this week we've signed up an Advancement team at another University for FileFinder.

This is an interesting piece which - while primarily written to guide a candidate - offers some interesting perspectives on the challenges in this space.