CFOs remain concerned about their companies' ability to recruit skilled professionals, according to a new survey.

Twenty percent of the CFOs polled by recruiter Robert Half International said that finding skilled staff would be their greatest challenge over the next 12 months. That was up three percentage points from a similar poll in 2003.

"With the national unemployment rate for college-educated professionals approximately half that of the general population, competition for skilled financial talent remains strong," said Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources, in a statement. "To attract top performers, businesses are making recruiting a year-round priority."

The next biggest concern was meeting customer needs, which was cited by 16 percent of the respondents, four points higher than in 2003. Next in line came government regulation, cited by 15 percent of the respondents, competition by 14 percent, and adequate sales and financing by 12 percent.

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