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Some mixed news today from CFOs on hiring forecasts.In the quarterly Duke’s Fuqua School of Business / CFO Magazine Business Outlook, average sentiment from 477 firms was for a 2.1% gain in hiring for full-time jobs in the next 12 months.
That’s more bullish than any of the past four quarters, the survey shows.
Among the firms polled, 68% said they are actively looking to fill one or more vacant positions. Nearly half, 47.6%, said they have had difficulty filling an open position in the past year.
At the same time, temporary hiring was predicted to rise 1% — also more than at any time in past year.
Meanwhile, outsourced employment is expected to increase by 3% — the most since Q2 2011.
Finally, here’s the breakdown of how the firms said they sought to fill those open positions:
- 60% of firms recruit more actively,
- 55.3% expand their search area
- 35% will hire someone ‘too junior’ and train the person
- 34% will raise the salary
- 21% will hire someone ‘too senior’.
- 4% will offer better benefits as a hiring enticement.