By Jim Wong, CPA | June 14, 2012

The recruiting environment is changing and hiring trends are looking good for the rest of the year.

A recent survey — the 2012 Allied Workforce Mobility Survey — captured the voices of 500 HR professionals and shows a busy near future for hiring.

Two-thirds of the HR professionals reported they have “extensive” or “moderate” plans for hiring in 2012.

In fact, “larger companies — those with more than 10,000 employees — are the most bullish, with 80 percent planning for “extensive” or “moderate” recruiting,” according to Talent Management.

What some recruiting experts are seeing is a tale of two labor markets for accounting and finance professionals.

At the senior management level and above, the market continues to be tepid because there is still a strong supply of candidates. Therefore, hiring companies continue to be extremely selective with these prospects.

However, at the mid-level management to staff level, the market is very active. Currently, there is a moderate to strong demand for accounting and finance professionals with one to ten years of experience with limited supply.

Most interesting from the survey was many companies lack confidence in their recruiting programs. Fifty-two percent of HR professionals say their recruiting programs are only “somewhat successful.”

With this in mind, it’s important for companies that are planning on aggressive hiring for the remainder of year to seek assistance from a recruiting firm.

Specialized hiring agencies and recruiters know what to look for and already have established relationships in the field. As the hiring demand picks up it’s important to ensure candidates are qualified as well as being a good fit for your business.

For some companies, this year might be the first hiring they’ve done in a while. Working with a recruiting firm can help keep turnover down while also supplying a guarantee with its placements. Something all companies can be grateful for during these trying times.


This article originally appeared on Clear Focus Financial Search.

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