The hiring of accountants is predicted to rise
in the US – the first time companies are seeking to hire more
accountants than they will lose for 18 months.

A survey by recruitment company Robert Half
found 8 percent of CFOs plan to hire full-time accounting and
finance employees during the fourth quarter, while 7 percent expect
staff reductions. The net 1 percent increase in hiring activity is
the first net increase since the first quarter of 2009.

Most CFOs – 84 percent – expect no changes to
their personnel levels.

The West South Central states (Arkansas,
Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas) are projected to see the most active
hiring in the fourth quarter, with a net 6 percent of CFOs
expecting to add full-time accounting and finance employees.

CFOs in both the manufacturing and wholesale
sectors are the most optimistic about their hiring plans for the
fourth quarter, with a net 4 percent of executives in each industry
forecasting increases in personnel levels.

The Robert Half Financial Hiring Index is
based on interviews with more than 1,400 CFOs across the US.