Talent Challenges Exist Across Northeast Ohio, Not Just Ashtabula County

Cleveland-area chief financial officers are finding it more challenging to find skilled candidates for professional-level positions, according to the most recent Cleveland Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half.

According to the survey, 61% of CFOs said it’s “somewhat or very challenging” to find skilled workers for those positions. That compared to 55% who said as much in Robert Half’s previous survey released in August. In particular, many firms said it’s difficult to staff financial positions, as 14% of Cleveland executives said it’s “much more challenging or somewhat more challenging” to find skilled candidates for finance and accounting positions today compared to three years ago.

Moreover, only about 11% of those surveyed said their companies plan to create new jobs over the next six months, while another 70% plan to hire for only open roles. The results are a slight change from what CFOs said in the previous survey, when 13% said they expected increased hiring.

Cleveland-area CFOs remain confident about their companies’ prospects, as 91% of executives reported in the survey being “somewhat or very confident in their company’s prospects for growth in the next six months.” That’s up one point from six months ago.

Source: Crain’s Cleveland Business

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