EXECUTIVES FORECAST MODEST PROFESSIONAL-LEVEL HIRING IN THIRD QUARTER
Robert Half Report: Executive Optimism Remains High; Some See Recruiting Challenges
MENLO PARK, CA -- Nine percent of executives interviewed for the Robert Half Professional Employment Report (http://www.roberthalf.us/per) said they plan to increase the number of full-time employees in professional occupations in the third quarter, and 6 percent anticipate declines. The net 3 percent1 increase is down slightly from the prior quarter’s forecast but continues a trend of hiring outpacing staff reductions. Eighty-five percent of respondents expressed confidence in growth prospects for their companies, up from 82 percent in the second-quarter survey.
Forty-two percent of executives, including those not planning to hire in the next three months, said they are concerned about their ability to find the right talent to fit their needs when the time comes. This response is up five points from last quarter.
• Eighty-five percent of executives said they are confident in their organizations’ ability to grow in the third quarter.
The Robert Half Professional Employment Report is the first quarterly executive survey of its size and scope to focus exclusively on professional-level hiring. The survey is based on telephone interviews with more than 4,000 U.S. executives from a variety of fields4 about their hiring plans and general level of optimism regarding the upcoming quarter.
“While most companies remain cautious about adding new staff, they appear to be more optimistic about their growth prospects for the third quarter,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International. “As the economy improves, firms that made personnel cuts during the downturn will likely need additional skilled professionals in a variety of disciplines to help manage increased customer demand.”
Survey results also showed that, despite high unemployment levels, many companies are discovering that locating the precise talent they need can be challenging. “Some firms are engaging project professionals not only as a way of maintaining staffing flexibility but also to evaluate and potentially groom these individuals for full-time roles,” Messmer said.
Professional-Level Hiring -- By Region
“The New England states appear to be rebounding,” added Messmer. “Many firms are adding staff to handle new projects as well as those that were put on hold last year.”
Professional-Level Hiring -- By Industry
Professional-Level Hiring -- By Field
“Law firms that aggressively reduced staff are now attempting to rebuild their teams, prompted in part by the recession’s stimulative effect on practice areas such as bankruptcy, foreclosure and litigation,” said Brett Good, a Robert Half International district president.
1. Net percentages equal the projected increase in full-time employees minus the expected decrease.