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Prospects are positive for professionals seeking postions in the second quarter, staffing forecast says

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on March 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
March 13, 2013 4:01 pm

Job prospects are bright for those people who will be seeking professional positions in the second quarter, and companies recruiting or keeping employees will likely offer stronger benefits and salaries, according to a new Seattle-Tacoma Professional Employment Forecast commissioned by the staffing firm Robert Half International.
Twenty percent of CFOs surveyed locally – the highest percentage recorded nationwide – say they will add new positions in the quarter. Seventy percent will maintain current staffing levels by filling only vacated positions, the forecast said.
“Financial analysts and business analysts will be most in demand,” said Josh Warborg, a Robert Half executive director, on Wednesday. Locally, he said, those seeking jobs in the technology sector will have the greatest advantage. The aerospace and medical fields remain strong, he said, as does software development. Compliance officers and internal auditors will also be in demand by the financial sector.
Another trend Warborg noted has companies seeking workers for projects rather than positions.
Also, he said that because of increased demand, companies seeking workers “should be looking at increased compensation, benefits and their mission of service to the community.”

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