Seattle/Tacoma CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans

            Seattle/Tacoma CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans

One in 5 Companies Plan to Create Professional-Level Jobs in Next 3 Months

PR Newswire

SEATTLE, March 12, 2013

SEATTLE, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Twenty percent of chief financial
officers (CFOs) in the Seattle/Tacoma area expect to add new
professional-level positions in the second quarter, according to the
Seattle/Tacoma 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. Nine 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 Seattle 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              20%
Maintaining -- only filling vacated positions 70%
Freezing -- not filling vacated positions or
creating new ones                           9%
Reducing -- eliminating positions             1%

"Many businesses in the Seattle/Tacoma area are experiencing growth, and as a
direct result, talented professionals are in high demand," said Josh Warborg,
district president for Robert Half in the Seattle/Tacoma area. "Particularly
in the healthcare, technology and financial services sectors, candidates with
highly specialized skill sets are in short supply."

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

SOURCE Robert Half International

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