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58 Percent Of Executives Intend To Increase Company Hiring Within 12 Months, Upon Resolution Of Fiscal Cliff And EU Financial Crisis, According To Korn/Ferry Survey

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Prior to the 114,000 September job increase reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, executives surveyed showed 58 percent intend to increase hiring at all levels across their organizations within the next 12 months; yet 69 percent are waiting for resolution on the fiscal cliff or the European financial crisis. The survey was fielded from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3 by Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), a premier global provider of talent management solutions.

Despite future hiring intentions, results revealed broad-based hiring is stagnant.  While 26 percent responded that they are currently hiring people, 25 percent said they are either thinking about laying people off or in the process of laying people off.  Forty-nine percent said they were holding the line – remaining status quo and delaying a decision either way.    

The two top outside factors creating a pause in hiring: the United States fiscal cliff cited by 39 percent of respondents; and EU economic instability, with a 30 percent response.  Nineteen percent of executives said that the U.S. lowering its corporate tax rate would make them prone to increase hiring.

Detailed results follow:

1.  Are you planning on increasing hiring in the next 12 months?

No – will not increase hiring anytime in the next 6 months         


No – laying off in the next 12 months                             

11%  (43%)

Yes – within 6 months                               


Yes – within the 12 months                                

16%  (58%)

2. What "outside factor" would make you most prone to increase U.S. hiring?

End of fiscal cliff                                          


EU economic stability                               


U.S. lowering its corporate tax rate                      




Ending possible trade war with China                                  


3.  Right now, what is your company doing about hiring?

Aggressively hiring more people                       


Hiring more people                              

19%  (26%)

Delaying -- wanting to hire more people now but delaying it  


Not hiring and remaining status quo                

26%  (49%)

Thinking about laying people off, but holding off              


Laying people off                                                    

18%  (25%)

4.  Compared to last year, are you hiring more/less/the same?

Hiring more than a year ago                                      


Hiring at the same level as a year ago                             

14%  (31%)

Keeping staffing levels the same as a year ago                   

38%  (38%)

Laying people off at the same pace as we did a year ago       


Laying many more people off than we did a year ago               

19%  (29%)


Korn/Ferry fielded this survey Sept. 28 - Oct. 3, 2012 to hundreds of senior-level executives. Due to rounding, percentages may not equal 100 percent.

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