Menlo Park, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2004) -- Chief financial officers remain cautious, with the vast majority of those polled (89 percent) anticipating no change in hiring during the fourth quarter, according to a survey conducted for Robert Half International Inc.

Just 8 percent of 1,400 CFOs surveyed plan to add staff during the fourth quarter, and 2 percent anticipate personnel cuts. The net 6 percent hiring increase is up two percentage points from the third-quarter 2004 forecast and up five points from this time last year, according to the latest RHI Financial Hiring Index.

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