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Chicago CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Chicago CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans10:00 EDT Tuesday, March 12, 2013Nearly 1 in 8 Companies Plan to Create Professional-Level Jobs in Next 3 MonthsCHICAGO, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Twelve percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) in the Chicago area expect to add new professional-level positions in the second quarter, according to the Chicago Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half. Another 77 percent said they will not be adding new positions but will fill roles that open in the next three months. Nine percent of respondents will not be hiring, even to fill an open position, and 2 percent plan to reduce staff levels.The Professional Employment Forecast was developed by Robert Half, the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm. The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with more than 100 CFOs from the greater Chicago metropolitan area at companies with 20 or more employees who were asked about their hiring plans for professional-level positions in the coming quarter.CFOs were asked, "What are your company's hiring plans for full-time professional-level employees in the second quarter?" Their responses:Expanding -- adding new positions  12%Maintaining -- only filling vacated positions  77%Freezing -- not filling vacated positions or creating new ones      9%Reducing -- eliminating positions   2%100%"Though Chicago companies remain generally cautious, we're seeing demand for highly-specialized technology and financial professionals with strong analytical skills," said Marilyn Bird, district president for Robert Half in Chicago. "Companies are taking the time to hire professionals who can help them strengthen their infrastructure and add to their bottom-line as they plan for growth in the coming months."Founded in 1948, Robert Half International, the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm, is a recognized leader in professional staffing services. The company's specialized staffing divisions include Accountemps, Robert Half Finance & Accounting and Robert Half Management Resources, for temporary, full-time and senior-level project professionals, respectively, in the fields of accounting and finance; OfficeTeam, for highly skilled office and administrative support professionals; Robert Half Technology, for information technology professionals; Robert Half Legal, for legal personnel; and The Creative Group, for interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals. Robert Half International has staffing and consulting operations in more than 400 locations worldwide. Find more information at roberthalf.com, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/roberthalf.Note to editors: To speak with a local expert on employment trends in the Chicago area, please contact Katie Evans at (925) 913-1928.SOURCE Robert Half InternationalFor further information: Katie Evans, +1-925-913-1928, katie.evans@rhi.com