Atlanta CFOs Report Fourth-Quarter Hiring Plans
Survey Finds Majority of Companies Optimistic About Business Growth During
ATLANTA, Sept. 16, 2013
ATLANTA, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Ten percent of chief financial
officers (CFOs) in the Atlanta area expect to add new professional-level
positions in the fourth quarter, according to the Atlanta Professional
Employment Forecast from Robert Half. Fourteen percent of respondents will not
be hiring, even to fill an open position, and 1 percent plan to reduce staff
levels. Another 75 percent said they will hire for roles that open during the
next three months.
Most executives are optimistic about their business prospects for the fourth
quarter. Nearly nine in 10 (88 percent) CFOs expressed confidence in their
companies' growth potential for the quarter, with 41 percent of respondents
saying they are very confident.
The survey suggests, however, that organizations looking to expand and add
staff may face difficulties. A majority of the CFOs surveyed, 59 percent, said
it is at least somewhat challenging to find skilled candidates for
professional-level positions today.
"We continue to hear from hiring managers about the difficulty in finding
qualified candidates in certain functional roles," said Andy Decker, senior
regional vice president for Robert Half in Atlanta. "Demand continues to
exceed supply for senior accountants, financial analysts and business
analysts, and we do not anticipate this trend ending anytime soon."
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 Atlanta area with 20 or more employees.
CFOs were asked, "What are your company's hiring plans for full-time
professional-level employees in the fourth quarter?" Their responses:
Fourth Quarter Third Quarter
Expanding – adding new positions 10% 12%
Maintaining – only filling vacated 75% 72%
Freezing – not filling vacated positions or 14% 13%
creating new ones
Reducing – eliminating 1% 3%
Don't know/no answer 0% 1%
*Responses do not total 100 percent due to
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
Atlanta area, please contact Lisa Montagna at (727) 576-7717.
SOURCE Robert Half International Inc.
Contact: Lisa Montagna, Robert Half, +1-727-576-7717, firstname.lastname@example.org
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