It takes about four weeks, on average, for CFOs to fill an open staff-level positions in accounting and finance, according to a new survey.

The survey, by the staffing firm Robert Half Finance & Accounting, also found that it takes CFOs an average of five weeks to fill an open management-level accounting or finance position.
For the poll, Robert Half surveyed more than 2,100 CFOs from a random sample of companies in over 20 of the largest U.S. markets.

“To find and keep great people, companies need to make recruitment an ongoing priority, even if they are not actively looking to hire,” said Robert Half senior executive director Paul McDonald in a statement. “A pipeline of potential candidates can speed up the hiring process and prevent problems associated with being short-staffed, like burnout of key employees.”

Robert Half has also created an infographic showing the research findings.