New York (March 16, 2004) -- Some 83 percent of companies participating in a survey conducted by consulting giant Accenture said they plan to increase their hiring frequency over the next three months, while 22 percent indicated they already have done so.

The poll, which surveyed 954 top-level executives across a swath of industries, found that the U.S. employment outlook ranked tops among the 10 countries surveyed, followed by Canada, Australia, Japan and the U.K. The employment outlook is the least positive in France and Spain.

Meanwhile, as a result of the uptick in hiring, Accenture conducted a companion survey of 508 full-time U.S. workers, whereupon some 65 percent of those queried indicated they planned to remain at their current jobs more than 10 years, while roughly 40 percent said they planned to leave within the next five years.

Despite an uncertain economy, respondents expressed optimism about the future of their jobs and positions, as 87 percent of respondents believed their positions will exist in five to 10 years, while only 11 percent were confident their jobs would not exist long-term.

-- WebCPA staff

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