Hiring Challenges on Rise

 Survey: Businesses Optimistic About Growth but Face Greater Recruiting  Difficulties  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  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2014/13/c9752.html  CO: Robert Half Finance & Accounting ST: Ontario NI: ECOSURV