Atlanta CFOs Expect Increased Hiring In Next Six Months

Survey Finds 94 Percent of Atlanta Companies Confident About Business Growth

Mar 16, 2016, 08:10 ET from Robert Half

ATLANTA, March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlanta executives expect professional-level hiring to increase in the next six months, according to the just-released Atlanta Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half. Fifteen percent of local chief financial officers (CFOs) anticipate their company will create new jobs, up one point from the previous six-month period. Another 72 percent plan to hire only for open roles.

CFOs were asked, "What are your company's hiring plans for full-time, professional-level employees in the next six months?" Their responses:


March – Aug. 2016*

Sept. 2015 – Feb. 2016

Expanding – adding new positions

15%

14%

Maintaining – only filling vacated positions

72%

78%

Freezing – not filling vacated positions or creating new ones

11%

6%

Reducing – eliminating positions

2%

1%

Don't know/no answer

1%

1%

*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

View an infographic featuring the survey results.

"Atlanta CFOs are optimistic about their growth prospects but finding intense competition for the skilled employees they need," said Andy Decker, senior regional president for Robert Half in Atlanta. "Manufacturing, real estate and retail are among the top industries looking for talent in the area. In-demand positions include staff and senior accountants as well as financial analysts, especially those who have advanced software proficiency and certifications."

Recruiting Challenges
Sixty-six percent of Atlanta CFOs surveyed said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled candidates for professional-level positions today. This compares to 62 percent in the previous six months.

Many firms are facing increased difficulty staffing financial positions, the research found. Twenty percent of Atlanta executives said it's much more challenging or somewhat more challenging to find skilled candidates for finance and accounting positions today compared to three years ago.

Business Confidence
According to the Professional Employment Forecast, Atlanta CFOs are optimistic about company growth. Ninety-four percent of executives reported being somewhat or very confident in their company's prospects for growth in the next six months.

About the Professional Employment Forecast
The Professional Employment Forecast was developed by Robert Half, the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm, and conducted by an independent research firm. The local results reflect a two-period rolling average based on interviews with 200 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in the Atlanta area with 20 or more employees. Executives were asked about their hiring and business outlook, including plans to add professional-level employees in areas such as accounting, finance, human resources, administrative, legal, marketing and information technology.

About Robert Half
Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company has more than 330 staffing locations worldwide and offers online job search and management tools at roberthalf.com. For more information on our local offices, visit roberthalf.com/atlanta.

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