San Francisco Bay Area CFOs Report Second-Quarter Hiring Plans

One in 8 Companies Plan to Create Professional-Level Jobs in Next 3 Months

Mar 12, 2013, 12:00 ET from Robert Half International

SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirteen percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) in the San Francisco Bay Area expect to add new professional-level positions in the second quarter, according to the San Francisco Bay Area Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half. Another 71 percent said they will not be adding new positions but will fill roles that open in the next three months. Fifteen 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 San Francisco Bay 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


Maintaining -- only filling vacated positions


Freezing -- not filling vacated positions or creating new ones


Reducing -- eliminating positions


Don't know/no answer



"Many companies that are increasing their personnel levels seek technology, accounting and finance professionals with cross-industry experience and strong interpersonal skills to help them grow their business," said Sharon Black, senior district president with Robert Half in the San Francisco Bay Area. "As the San Francisco Bay Area economy improves and new opportunities emerge, skilled candidates are becoming harder to find. Companies concerned about keeping their top performers and attracting new ones are sweetening the pot by offering flexible benefits and creative employee perks."

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, and follow us on Twitter at

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SOURCE Robert Half International