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Chicago and South Florida firms plan to hire more IT temps, fewer accounting/finance pros

March 18, 2019

Firms in the Chicago and South Florida markets plan to hire fewer temporary accounting/finance individuals and more IT professionals., according to a survey released by staffing provider Brilliant.

For accounting/finance, 10% of businesses intend to hire additional temporary professionals — a drop from 23% in last quarter’s survey and the lowest reported in the past year.

For IT, 10% of survey takers indicated plans to increase hiring of temporary professionals, up from 8% in the first-quarter survey.

Forty-four percent of survey takers reported employing temporary accounting/finance professionals, down slightly from 45% in last quarter’s survey. Meanwhile, 25% of respondents reported using temporary IT professionals in the second-quarter, down from 35% in in the previous quarter and the lowest number reported in the past year.

The data also found 41% of the human resources professionals and hiring managers surveyed had unfilled jobs overall in accounting and finance.

“While this number is slightly lower than the last two quarters, it’s well above any quarters prior to that,” said Sagar Pandya, practice director for Brilliant Financial Search.

The research also found a decrease in the number of openings for IT: 26% of respondents reported openings in IT, down from 38% in last quarter’s survey and the lowest percent reported in more than a year.

The Brilliant Q2 2019 Hiring Forecast survey was conducted between Jan. 22 and Feb. 25. It included about 300 human resources professionals and hiring managers responsible for hiring accounting, finance and/or IT professionals for their teams.

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