Recruitment Flat But Optimism Up

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    Thirteen per cent of Canadian executives will add full-time, professional-level staff in the fourth quarter of 2012, while another three per cent signaled they will make personnel reductions, resulting in a net 10 per cent who plan to hire, says the ‘Robert Half Professional Employment Report. ‘This is up five points from last quarter’s projections. Eight in 10 (80 per cent) executives said they anticipate making no changes to the size of their teams in the next three months. The survey results suggest that business optimism remains high as 34 per cent of respondents are ‘very confident’ in growth prospects for their companies in the fourth quarter, while an additional 52 per cent are ‘somewhat confident’. The study also indicated that 39 per cent of executives expect to encounter recruiting challenges in the fourth quarter, down two percentage points from the prior quarter’s results.