CFOs excited to begin hiring for finance jobs in Boston
Posted on September 26, 2013
The economy is picking up, and a good sign of that is news that CFOs are hiring for finance jobs in Boston.
Fourteen percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) in the Boston area expect to add new professional-level positions in the fourth quarter, according to the Boston Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half.
More than eight in 10 (84 percent) CFOs expressed confidence in their companies’ growth potential for the quarter, with 41 percent of respondents saying they are very confident.
Twelve percent of respondents will not be hiring, even to fill an open position, and another 74 percent said they will hire for roles that open during the next three months. None of those surveyed indicated that they plan to eliminate positions in the fourth quarter.
A majority of CFOs surveyed, 68 percent, said it is at least somewhat challenging to find skilled candidates for professional-level positions today.
The Professional Employment Forecast was developed by Robert Half, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm, and conducted by an independent research firm. The local results reflect a two-quarter rolling average based on interviews with 200 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in the Boston area with 20 or more employees.
“The overwhelming majority of Boston-area CFOs are optimistic about their companies’ growth prospects in the fourth quarter, and the fact that none of those surveyed are planning to eliminate positions is even more encouraging news,” said Bill Driscoll, district president for Robert Half in Boston. “We continue to see increasing demand for accounting and finance professionals, particularly for positions that require specialized skill sets.”