St. Louis CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans

              St. Louis CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans

Approximately 1 in 7 Companies to Create Professional-Level Jobs in Next 3

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, March 12, 2013

ST. LOUIS, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Fourteen percent of chief financial
officers (CFOs) in the St. Louis area expect to add new professional-level
positions in the second quarter, according to the St. Louis Professional
Employment Forecast from Robert Half. Another 69 percent said they will not be
adding new positions but will fill roles that open in the next three months.
Fifteen percent of respondents will not be hiring, even to fill an open
position, and 2 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 St. Louis 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              14%
Maintaining -- only filling vacated positions 69%
Freezing -- not filling vacated positions or     15%
creating new ones
Reducing -- eliminating positions                2%

"There is a general sense of optimism within businesses in the St. Louis area
about the strong local economic climate, and their plans to hire additional
staff reflect that positive outlook," said Melinda Alison, regional vice
president for Robert Half in St. Louis. "As companies look to hire,
professionals with highly specialized skills, such as data analysis, are
increasingly in short supply -- particularly in the financial services,
healthcare and manufacturing industries."

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 St.
Louis area, please contact Meghan Lockhart at (206) 749-0960.

SOURCE Robert Half International

Contact: Meghan Lockhart, +1-206-749-0960,
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