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US - 61% of execs find recruiting challenging

February 13 2014

Businesses are optimistic about growth but face recruiting difficulties, according to a recent survey by Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI). Nearly all, 91 percent, of chief financial officers surveyed are optimistic about their companies' near-term growth prospects. However, 61 percent said it is somewhat or very challenging to find skilled candidates for professional-level positions today.

“A company's success often is directly tied to its ability to attract and retain talented employees,” said Paul McDonald, Robert Half senior executive director. “The businesses best positioned for success are those with well-established hiring processes, including seeking referrals from internal staff, leveraging external networks for leads, and partnering with a specialized recruiting firm.”

The survey asked CFOs, “How confident are you in your company's prospects for growth in the first quarter?” Responses include:

  • Very confident: 46 percent
  • Somewhat confident: 45 percent
  • Not at all confident: 8 percent
  • Don't know/no answer: 2 percent

CFOs were also asked, “In general, how challenging is it for your company to find skilled candidates for professional-level positions today?” Responses include:

  • Very challenging: 16 percent
  • Somewhat challenging: 47 percent
  • Not challenging: 29 percent
  • Don't know/no answer: 7 percent

The survey is based on interviews with more than 2,100 CFOs.

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