Survey: Businesses Optimistic About Growth but Face Greater Recruiting
TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - In a recent Robert Half survey, nearly all
business executives interviewed said they are optimistic about their
companies' growth prospects in the first six months of 2014. However, they are
less certain about their ability to recruit experienced talent for open jobs.
In fact, more than half (58 per cent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) said
it is at least somewhat challenging to find skilled candidates for
professional-level positions today. This is down slightly from 60 per cent
this time last year, but with the number of executives selecting "very
challenging" increasing 7 points.
The Canadian survey was developed by Robert Half, the world's first and
largest specialized staffing firm, and conducted by an independent research
firm. It is based on interviews with more than 270 CFOs from a random sample
of Canadian companies.
CFOs were asked, "In general, how challenging is it for your company to find
skilled candidates for professional-level positions today?" Their responses:
| | 2014|2013|
|Very challenging | 26%| 19%|
|Somewhat challenging| 32%| 41%|
|Not challenging | 30%| 21%|
|Don't know/no answer| 13%| 19%|
*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding
CFOs were also asked, "How confident are you in your company's prospects for
growth in the first quarter of 2014?" Their responses:
|Very confident | 35%| 35%|
|Somewhat confident | 52%| 49%|
|Not at all confident| 6%| 12%|
|Don't know/no answer| 7%| 4%|
"How successful a business is in reaching its goals is often dependent on its
ability to not only attract but retain talented professionals," said Greg
Scileppi, president of Robert Half, International Staffing Operations.
"Organizations who invest in the establishment of integrated hiring practices,
including building a strong employer brand, leveraging internal and external
networks or partnering with a specialized recruiting firm, are in the best
position to attract the talent needed to succeed."
Scileppi also noted that retaining those skilled workers has become a greater
business priority as the process of replacing good employees costs time and
money, and may result in interruptions in business activity. "More and more we
see organizations reviewing their salary benchmarks to ensure they remain
competitive with compensation and incentives being offered to their staff."
Note: For insights on employee compensation, including starting salary
projections for 2014, check out the 2014 Salary Guides from Robert Half.
About Robert Half
Robert Half has more than 345 staffing locations worldwide and offers online
job search services on its divisional websites, all of which can be accessed
at www.roberthalf.ca. Follow Robert Half on Twitter at
twitter.com/RobertHalf_CAN, and gain insights on the latest financial hiring
and salary trends at www.roberthalf.ca/salarycentre.
SOURCE Robert Half Canada
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