Houston CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans

               Houston CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans

Approximately 1 in 5 Companies to Create Professional-Level Jobs in Next 3

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, March 12, 2013

HOUSTON, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nineteen percent of chief financial
officers (CFOs) in the Houston area expect to add new professional-level
positions in the second quarter, according to the Houston Professional
Employment Forecast from Robert Half. Another 62 percent said they will not be
adding new positions but will fill roles that open in the next three months.
Sixteen 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 Houston 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                              19%
Maintaining -- only filling vacated positions                  62%
Freezing -- not filling vacated positions or creating new ones 16%
Reducing -- eliminating positions                              3%

"Houston is experiencing strong growth in the energy industry, leading to
international and domestic investments in the concurrent development of local
oil and gas, transportation, logistics, and construction projects," said Phil
Willingham, district president for Robert Half in Houston. "With the added
boost of many corporate and shared service center relocations to the area, the
hiring outlook for skilled professionals has brightened."

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
information at roberthalf.com, and follow us on Twitter at

Note to editors: To speak with a local expert on employment trends in the
Houston area, please contact Meghan Lockhart at (206) 749-0960.

SOURCE Robert Half International

Website: http://www.roberthalf.com
Contact: Meghan Lockhart, +1-206-749-0960, meghan.lockhart@rhi.com
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