One in four businesses anticipate increasing the size of their accounting, finance and IT staff in the third quarter compared with just 5 percent that expect to decrease the total number, according to a new survey.

Human resources professionals and hiring managers in accounting, finance and IT said they expect to increase their staff numbers in the third quarter, based on the Q3 hiring forecast survey, conducted by recruiting company Clear Focus Financial Search  and Dr. Richard Curtin, director of surveys for the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Nearly half the businesses polled reported that they had unfilled staff positions, up from just one-in-three in the Q2 survey.

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