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The majority of metro Atlanta companies plan to fill professional staff openings as they come up in the coming months, and some plan to increase the number of workers on their payroll, according to a new survey of chief financial officers.
While 77 percent of companies say they won’t be increasing the number of workers they employ in the second quarter, they will fill any vacancies, according to the survey conducted by the staffing firm Robert Half. Twelve percent, however, said they expect to add new positions in April, May and June.
Nine percent of CFOs aren’t planning any hiring, even to fill open positions, and 1 percent said they plan to cut staffing levels.
The survey, which gauges hiring in accounting, administrative, IT and other skilled jobs, involved more than 100 CFOs at metro Atlanta companies with 20 or more employees.
It’s the first time Robert Half has done such a study so there are no comparative numbers for the first quarter or for the same period a year ago.
Andy Decker, a Robert Half senior regional vice president, said there is more demand for skilled talent but the pool of talent isn’t keeping up with demand.
“An increased demand for skilled talent, combined with the misperception that there is a large candidate pool, has left many employers in Atlanta with critical roles unfilled,” Decker said in releasing the study. “Companies with lengthy hiring processes can lose out on highly skilled candidates, who often receive multiple offers.”
Is your company filling vacancies around you, or are many vacant jobs still going unfilled, leaving more work for you and others?