Miami/Fort Lauderdale CFOs Expect Hiring To Increase In Fourth Quarter

    Miami/Fort Lauderdale CFOs Expect Hiring To Increase In Fourth Quarter

Survey Also Finds Majority of Companies Experiencing Recruiting Challenges

PR Newswire

MIAMI, Sept. 16, 2013

MIAMI, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Professional-level hiring is expected to
increase in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area in the fourth quarter, according to
the Miami/Fort Lauderdale Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half.
Twelve percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) in the area anticipate
adding new positions, up from 10 percent in the third quarter. Another 67
percent said they will hire for roles that open during the quarter.

Executives also are optimistic about their business prospects. Nearly nine in
10 (87 percent) CFOs expressed confidence in their company's growth potential
for the quarter, with close to half (45 percent) of all respondents saying
they are very confident.

The survey suggests, however, that organizations looking to expand and add
staff may face difficulties. The majority of the CFOs surveyed, 63 percent,
said it is at least somewhat challenging to find skilled candidates for
professional-level positions today.

"Hiring managers know two job markets exist in South Florida: one reflective
of the general unemployment rate that remains relatively high, and another,
which includes specialties such as accounting, finance, and information
technology, whose unemployment rate is significantly lower," said Ryan Skubis,
district president for Robert Half in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. "In
order to attract the best talent in these areas, companies are offering higher
salaries and a variety of benefits, as well as expediting the hiring process."

The Professional Employment Forecast  was developed by Robert Half, the
world's first and largest specialized staffing firm, and conducted by an
independent research firm. The local results reflect a two-quarter rolling
average based on interviews with 200 CFOs from a stratified random sample of
companies in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area with 20 or more employees.

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

                                               Fourth Quarter Third Quarter
Expanding – adding new positions            12%               10%
Maintaining – only filling vacated             67%               73%
positions
Freezing – not filling vacated positions or    14%               13%
creating new ones
Reducing – eliminating positions          4%                3%
Don't know/no answer                        2%                1%
                                               100%              100%

Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world's first and largest specialized
staffing firm. Find more information at www.roberthalf.com.

Note to editors: To speak with a local expert on employment trends in the
Miami/Fort Lauderdale area, please contact Lisa Montagna at (727) 576-7717.

SOURCE Robert Half International Inc.

Website: http://www.roberthalf.com
Contact: Robert Half, Lisa Montagna, +1-727-576-7717, lisa.montagna@rhi.com