Nov 30, 201112:22 PMBlog

Professional-level hiring expected to increase in Q1

Nov 30, 2011 - 12:22 PM
Employers expect to increase hiring for professional-level positions during the first quarter, but they have concerns about finding qualified candidates for these roles, according to a Robert Half survey.

A net 10 percent of executives interviewed for the Robert Half Professional Employment Report plan to add full-time staff during the first three months of the year, up three points from the fourth-quarter forecast. However, the number of respondents who report recruiting challenges also is on the rise: 67 percent of executives said it is at least somewhat challenging to find skilled employees today, up from 59 percent last quarter and 42 percent in the third quarter. Eighty-seven percent of respondents said they are at least somewhat confident in their organizations' ability to grow in the first quarter.

"The common wisdom is that jobs are simple to fill in this market, but many employers are struggling to find the talent they need," said Bred Good, a senior district president with Robert Half International. "Professionals with highly specialized skills are in short supply - particularly in the information technology and finance fields."
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