A survey conducted by The Detroit Professional Employment Forecast developed by Robert Half shows 85 percent of Detroit Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) are planning to hire for expansion purposes or to fill vacant positions by winter 2016.

See infographic featuring the survey results. Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.


“Employers seek those who are flexible, have solid communication skills and can quickly learn software and implement processes,” said Robin Ankton, regional vice president for Robert Half in Detroit. “One of the biggest changes is employee confidence levels, professionals are increasingly willing to leave their current employer, even without a new job lined up.”

55 percent of the CFOs surveyed said it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled candidates for professional-level positions; however they are optimistic about their company’s growth and 90 percent of executives say they are somewhat or very confident in their company’s prospects for growth in the next six months.

To address staffing challenges, some companies are paying more. 41 percent of Detroit CFOs surveyed said they have modified their company’s compensation plan in the past 12 months as a way to enhance recruiting and retention efforts.

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