At Towers Watson, a merger between Towers Perrin and Watson Wyatt in January 2010 spurred most of its growth, according to a company spokesman. The firm, which ranked No. 2 on Crain's list, reported 801 local professionals in 2011, up from 204 in 2010.
Employees in these highly credentialed fields will see an average 3.5 percent pay hike next year, according to staffing firm Robert Half. ‘There is a drought of highly skilled people,' says a recruiter.