Phoenix CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans

               Phoenix CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans

One in 6 Companies Plan to Create Professional-Level Jobs in Next 3 Months

PR Newswire

PHOENIX, March 12, 2013

PHOENIX, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Seventeen percent of chief financial
officers (CFOs) in the Phoenix area expect to add new professional-level
positions in the second quarter, according to the Phoenix Professional
Employment Forecast from Robert Half. Another 70 percent said they will not be
adding new positions but will fill roles that open in the next three months.
Ten percent of respondents will not be hiring, even to fill an open position,
and 3 percent plan to reduce staff levels.

The Professional Employment Forecast was developed by Robert Half, the world's
first and largest specialized staffing firm. The survey was conducted by an
independent research firm and is based on interviews with more than 100 CFOs
from the Phoenix area at companies with 20 or more employees who were asked
about their hiring plans for professional-level positions in the coming

CFOs were asked, "What are your company's hiring plans for full-time
professional-level employees in the second quarter?" Their responses:

Expanding -- adding new positions                              17%
Maintaining -- only filling vacated positions.                 70%
Freezing -- not filling vacated positions or creating new ones 10%
Reducing -- eliminating positions                              3%
Don't know/no answer                                           0%

"Phoenix area employers are feeling optimistic about the employment outlook as
they prepare for growth," said Andrew Ernst, regional vice president for
Robert Half in Phoenix. "Renewed business activity is prompting hiring
managers to make strategic hires within their departments. Companies looking
to add staff seek individuals with diverse skill sets who can perform a broad
range of tasks and job responsibilities."

Founded in 1948, Robert Half International, the world's first and largest
specialized staffing firm, is a recognized leader in professional staffing
services. The company's specialized staffing divisions include Accountemps,
Robert Half Finance & Accounting and Robert Half Management Resources, for
temporary, full-time and senior-level project professionals, respectively, in
the fields of accounting and finance; OfficeTeam, for highly skilled office
and administrative support professionals; Robert Half Technology, for
information technology professionals; Robert Half Legal, for legal personnel;
and The Creative Group, for interactive, design, marketing, advertising and
public relations professionals. Robert Half International has staffing and
consulting operations in more than 400 locations worldwide. Find more
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Note to editors: To speak with a local expert on employment trends in the
Phoenix area, please contact Katie Evans at (925) 913-1928.

SOURCE Robert Half International

Contact: Katie Evans, Robert Half International, +1-925-913-1928,
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