Menlo Park, Calif. - Plans to hire accounting and finance professionals apparently aren't on the list of New Year's resolutions of most chief financial officers, according to a Robert Half International survey.The vast majority of CFOs surveyed (86 percent) forecast no change in staffing levels for the first quarter of 2005, according to the latest RHI Financial Hiring Index, which polled 1,400 CFOs. Nine percent of executives plan to add accounting and finance staff in the first quarter, while 4 percent anticipate reductions in personnel.

The projected net 5 percent increase in hiring is down one point from last quarter's forecast, but is three points above projections made this time last year, according to RHI.

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