The majority of HR managers and recruiters who have responsibility for recruiting accounting and finance positions are planning to hire in the next six months, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by jobs site for the Mergis Group professional placement firm, found that two-thirds of the accounting and financial HR managers and recruiters surveyed said they are confident the economy will improve in the next six months, and 79 percent are confident that their company performance will improve in the next six months.

Seventy-four percent of the survey respondents indicated they are planning to hire in the next six months, with nearly half (49 percent) of them within the accounting and finance sector.

Of the hiring taking place, 50 percent of the positions will be a mix of new openings and replacement positions, while 32 percent are strictly new positions. An overwhelming majority (91 percent) of new hiring will be made on a permanent basis, according to survey respondents.

When asked which techniques they use to recruit accounting and financial services talent, the top methods included job boards (74 percent), referrals (68 percent), online classified ads (46 percent), social media (34 percent), recruiting firms (21 percent), and newspaper classified ads (18 percent).

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