Miami-area financial executives anticipate positive job market

Executives in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale vicinity expect professional-level hiring to pick up in the next six months, according to the just-released Miami/Fort Lauderdale Professional Employment Forecast from leading specialized staffing firm Robert Half.


Executives in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale vicinity expect professional-level hiring to pick up in the next six months, according to the just-released Miami/Fort Lauderdale Professional Employment Forecast from leading specialized staffing firm Robert Half.

"Businesses continue to see growth in South Florida," Ryan Skubis, Miami/Fort Lauderdale district president for Robert Half, said. "Our ports are busier with trade and transportation, the hospitality industry is going strong and construction is increasing."

With 93 percent of respondents expressing confidence in their firms’ prospects for imminent growth, many (41 percent) are sweetening salary and benefits packages to attract talent, saying they have modified their company's compensation plan in the past 12 months as a way to enhance recruiting and retention efforts. While more than half (59 percent) feel that finding skilled candidates is challenging at this time, fewer reported so than in the previous six months (68 percent).

"Accountants in South Florida with audit and compliance experience, a track record of increasing responsibility and a CPA license are in high demand," Skubis said. "Competition is fierce for senior accountants, staff accountants and accounts receivable professionals."

The Professional Employment Forecast developed by Robert Half was conducted by an independent research firm. The results reflect a two-period rolling average based on interviews with 200 chief financial officers from a stratified random sample of companies in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area with 20 or more employees.

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