For all the talk of a jobless recovery, a new report from the Association of Executive Search Consultants suggests that things are looking up for senior professionals, especially if those job seekers are in the financial services industry.

The AESC’s latest quarterly report shows that the number of executive searches launched in the second quarter rose by 7% versus the previous quarter and by 38% versus the previous year. Headhunters were particularly busy with new assignments in the financial services sector, with the number of searches surging 50% year-on-year, more than any other industry.

Any news about improving employment conditions will be welcomed, but news that the job market for senior bankers is recovering faster than others may be greeted a bit less enthusiastically, given prevailing public opinion.