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Des Moines CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Des Moines CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans10:00 EDT Tuesday, March 12, 2013Nearly 1 in 12 Companies Plan to Create Professional-Level Jobs in Next 3 MonthsDES MOINES, Iowa, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) in the Des Moines area expect to add new professional-level positions in the second quarter, according to the Des Moines Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half. Another 79 percent said they will not be adding new positions but will fill roles that open in the next three months. Twelve percent of respondents will not be hiring, even to fill an open position, and no respondents 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 Des Moines 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 8%Maintaining -- only filling vacated positions 79%Freezing -- not filling vacated positions or creating new ones 12%Reducing -- eliminating positions 0%Don't know/no answer 1%100%"As the unemployment rate in Des Moines continues to decrease and corporate confidence rises, many organizations are making strategic investments in their own infrastructure as they prepare for growth in the coming months," said Michael Gremmer, regional vice president for Robert Half in Des Moines. "A talent shortage has emerged for professionals with highly specialized skills, particularly in the financial, healthcare and manufacturing sectors."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 Des Moines 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