Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Atlanta CFOs Forecast Increase in First-Quarter Hiring

/PRNewswire/ -- The hiring of full-time accounting and finance professionals in the Atlanta area is expected to increase in the first quarter of 2009, according to the most recent Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index. Fourteen percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) surveyed plan to add staff during the quarter and 8 percent anticipate reductions in personnel. The net 6 percent increase is up one point from the area's fourth-quarter 2008 forecast and five points above the national average.

The local results reflect a two-quarter rolling average based on interviews with 200 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in the Atlanta area with 20 or more employees; 1,400 CFOs were queried for the national data. (To view the national results, visit http://www.roberthalf.com/PressRoom.) The studies were conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half International, the world's first and largest staffing services firm specializing in accounting and finance. Robert Half has been tracking financial hiring activity in the United States since 1992.

"In Atlanta, we continue to see demand for accounting and finance staff, particularly in industries impacted by increasing regulation," said Andy Decker, regional vice president for Robert Half International. "Businesses going through mergers or acquisitions seek professionals with information technology expertise who can integrate the software and reporting tools used by the combined organizations."

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