A survey of chief financial officers in the area found that 11 percent of them expect to add new professional-level positions over the next three months, according to the Boston Professional Employment Forecast created by Robert Half, an international professional staffing firm.
The survey also found that another 72 percent of CFOs in Boston said that while they will not be adding new positions, they would fill open positions in the next three months. Meanwhile, 15 percent said they will not be hiring in that period, even to fill open positions and 2 percent expect to cut stuff levels.
The findings were based on a survey of more than 100 Boston-area CFOs at companies with 20 or more employees who were asked “What are your company's hiring plans for full-time professional-level employees in the second quarter?”
According to Bill Driscoll, district president for the Boston office of Robert Half, the outlook may improve along with the economy.
"As the majority of local companies either maintain or increase staffing levels, professionals in certain specialties, such as finance and accounting, will continue to be in top demand," said Driscoll. "As the economy continues to grow, companies will compete for professionals with in-demand skill sets to help them accommodate new opportunities."
Nationally, overall hiring is proving to be stronger than professional hiring. The Labor Department recently released numbers that showed the unemployment rate falling to 7.7 percent, the lowest rate since December of 2008.