CFOs confident for Q3 growth.

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Nine in 10 executives have expressed confidence in the growth of their own business in the coming quarter, with 43 percent saying they are very confident in their third-quarter prospects, according to the latest Robert Half Hiring Index.

Notably, some executives believe accounting and finance hiring is expected to increase over that period.

The report also found hiring in accounting and finance is expected to increase slightly in the quarter in some businesses. Seven percent of CFOs indicated they plan to add full-time employees, while 6 percent expect staff reductions. The net result of a 1 -percent increase is up a point from the second-quarter forecast.

"While gains in full-time hiring are modest, employers face competition for skilled finance professionals. For some in-demand positions, such as financial analysts and senior accountants, a shortage of skilled candidates has developed," said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International.

The Robert Half Financial Hiring Index--conducted by an independent research firm--is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CFOs across the U.S., and has been tracking...

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