Hiring Challenges on Rise

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%|
    |Total               |101%*|100%|

*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:
    |                    |2014|2013|
    |Very confident      | 35%| 35%|
    |Somewhat confident  | 52%| 49%|
    |Not at all confident|  6%| 12%|
    |Don't know/no answer|  7%|  4%|
    |Total               |100%|100%|

"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 
Contact: Naz Araghian 416.350.2330 ext. 62132 naz.araghian@roberthalf.com 
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