Des Moines CFOs Reveal Hiring Plans For Next Six Months

Survey Finds 95 Percent of Des Moines Companies Confident About Business Growth

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

DES MOINES, Iowa, March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The just-released Des Moines Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half shows 12 percent of Des Moines chief financial officers (CFOs) expect their company to create new jobs in the next six months. Another 69 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



Maintaining – only filling vacated positions



Freezing – not filling vacated positions or creating new ones



Reducing – eliminating positions



Don't know/no answer



*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

View an infographic featuring the survey results.

"Des Moines has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, which amplifies the competition for top talent in this market," said Mike Gremmer, regional vice president for Robert Half in Des Moines. "As more candidates receive multiple offers, Des Moines employers are recognizing that speed to hire is critically important. Hiring is occurring across a number of industries, but demand is highest within the financial services, insurance and manufacturing sectors, especially for staff and senior accountants with public accounting experience at a big four or regional firm."

Recruiting Challenges
Fifty-two percent of Des Moines CFOs surveyed said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled candidates for professional-level positions today.

Many firms are facing increased difficulty staffing financial positions, the research found. Fourteen percent of Des Moines 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, Des Moines CFOs are optimistic about company growth. Ninety-five percent of executives reported being somewhat or very confident in their company's prospects for growth in the next six months, up three points from six months ago.

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 Des Moines 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 For additional information, visit

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