By Laurie Vicente, CSMP | December 13, 2018

Information Technology positions remain elevated and temporary employment spikes

CHICAGO, Illinois (December 13, 2018) — Brilliant™, an award-winning direct-hire, contract and consulting practice specializing in accounting, finance and information technology (IT), released its Q1 2019 Hiring Forecast today. The data indicates that businesses are reporting record-high numbers of open positions in accounting and finance, with elevated numbers of open IT positions and a spike in temporary employment, heading into Q1 2019.

The Brilliant Q1 2019 Hiring Forecast, produced with Dr. Richard Curtin, Director of Consumer Surveys at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) analyzes the hiring trends affecting accounting, finance and IT professionals within the Greater Chicago and South Florida labor markets for the coming quarter.

The recent Brilliant study finds more than half (51 percent) of businesses that participated in the study reported unfilled positions in accounting and finance—up from 48 percent last quarter—marking a new five-year high. For IT, 38 percent reported openings—slightly down from last quarter’s five-year record of 43 percent but still elevated over previous quarters.

Dr. Richard Curtin explains, “Just over half (51 percent) of all human resources professionals and hiring managers reported unfilled jobs in accounting and finance, above last quarter’s 48 percent.” He continues, “This was remarkable given that the economic expansion is well into its ninth year. While the frequency of open IT positions fell slightly to 38 percent from last quarter’s 43 percent, the numbers still remained elevated from previous quarters.”

Brilliant CEO Jeff Mariola adds, “Our study brings important insight into the future of the accounting, finance and IT professions, and the overall health of the labor market. We remain optimistic that elevated numbers of open positions and plans to increase hiring indicate continued growth in the near term.”

The Brilliant Q1 2019 hiring survey was conducted between October 23, 2018, and November 7, 2018.

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About Brilliant™ | Connecting People and Opportunities
Brilliant is an award-winning direct-hire, contract and consulting practice specializing in accounting, finance and information technology for the Greater Chicago, South Florida and Dallas-Fort Worth labor markets. The firm represents high-quality accounting, finance and information technology talent and matches them with hiring companies throughout various industries including manufacturing, distribution, health care, professional services, retail, legal, technology, real estate, nonprofit organizations, software and hospitality, among others. Many of Brilliant’s team members include former hiring managers, and accounting and finance professionals from the Big 4 accounting firms, as well as other leading professionals in the industry. Since its inception in 2009, Brilliant has ranked on various award lists including Forbes America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms two years in a row including No. 2 in 2018, Forbes America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms in 2017, Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50 for four straight years including No. 1 in 2015, Staffing Industry Analysts Fastest-Growing U.S. Staffing Firms for four straight years including No. 2 in 2015, Inavero’s Best of Staffing Talent for North America three years in a row, Inc. 5000 for three straight years, Best Places to Work South Florida two years in a row, 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® for five straight years, and others. To learn more about Brilliant, visit, call 312.582.1800 or follow @BrilliantFS on social media.

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