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Human resources professionals and hiring manager in the accounting, finance and information technology sectors expect the overall economy to improve in 2013, according to the first-quarter hiring forecast study conducted by Clear Focus Financial Search and Richard Curtin, professor and director of surveys for the University of Michigan. However, the pace of hiring remains subdued.
Overall, 51 percent of respondents expect economic conditions to improve in 2013, up from 39 percent in the previous survey.
In addition, 14 percent of human resources professionals and hiring managers plan to increase the pace of hiring new employees in their accounting, finance and IT operations, according to the report. This is a slight drop from the 19 percent who had expected to expand fourth-quarter hiring.
Sixty-one percent reported no change in hiring plans; 13 percent expect a decrease in staff; and 12 percent are uncertain of hiring plans.
The survey is the second in a series of quarterly hiring outlook studies. It was conducted from Nov.12 to Dec. 13, 2012, and included 388 hiring professionals and IT managers in the accounting and finance sectors.