Minneapolis/St Paul CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans

         Minneapolis/St Paul CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans

More Than 1 in 8 Companies Plan to Create Professional-Level Jobs in Next 3

PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS, March 12, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Fourteen percent of chief
financial officers (CFOs) in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area expect to add new
professional-level positions in the second quarter, according to the
Minneapolis/St. Paul Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half.
Another 71 percent said they will not be adding new positions but will fill
roles that open in the next three months. Fourteen percent of respondents will
not be hiring, even to fill an open position, and 1 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 Minneapolis/St. Paul area at companies with 20 or more employees who
were asked about their hiring plans for professional-level positions in the
coming quarter.

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                  71%
Freezing -- not filling vacated positions or creating new ones 14%
Reducing -- eliminating positions                              1%
Don't know/no answer                                           1%

*Responses do not equal 100% due to rounding.

"We're seeing hiring at companies of all sizes as budgets are approved and
fiscal uncertainty begins to subside," said James Kwapick, district president
for Robert Half in Minneapolis. "Identifying talented professionals with the
specialized skills needed to support growth initiatives continues to be a
challenge for employers. It's an increasingly candidate-driven market here in
the Twin Cities, and firms that take too long in the hiring process risk
losing top candidates to other opportunities."

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
Minneapolis/St. Paul area, please contact Katie Evans at (925) 913-1928.

SOURCE Robert Half International

Website: http://www.rhi.com
Contact: Katie Evans, +1-925-913-1928, katie.evans@rhi.com
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