Financial executives expect to continue hiring in the first quarter of the New Year, but at a slightly slower pace than during the fourth quarter of 2006, according to the most recent Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index.Six percent of polled chief financial officers said that they plan to add full-time accounting and finance employees, while 3 percent said that they expect staff reductions.  The majority of respondents, 90 percent, said that they expected to see no change in hiring activity.

The national poll includes responses from more than 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.

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