Robert Half report projects Q4 hiring bump

NORTH BAY – While staffing agencies have reported tepid confidence among employers through the first three quarters of this year, the fourth quarter looks to yield significantly more hires as executives express a greater need for employees and a harder time recruiting them, according to a Robert Half International survey.

The Professional Employment Report, a survey of more than 4,000 C-level executives nationwide, indicates strong growth in the fourth quarter in numerous fields, particularly in business services, legal and accounting and finance.

Nationwide, a net 6 percent of executives are planning to increase staffing levels in the professional sector in Q4 – a three point increase from last quarter – with law firms leading the way as a net 23 percent of attorneys said they expected to increase staff.

Although North Bay specifics are not contained within the report, Robert Half Regional Vice President Michael Lusby said growth in the region is expected and reflective of the Pacific Region, where a net 7 percent of hiring managers expect an increase in staffing levels – the second highest in the nation behind the South Atlantic region.

“The indication is we’re going to move in a positive direction,” Mr. Lusby said. “The increase in multiple sectors is a good indication.”

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