Open Positions and Hiring Plans Expected to Increase in Q1 2018

Brilliant™—a staffing and management resources firm specializing in accounting, finance, and information technology (IT)—has released its Q1 2018 Hiring Forecast. The data indicates an increase in open accounting, finance, and IT positions heading into the first quarter of 2018. Further, businesses are planning to increase their overall hiring plans in the next 12 months, especially for IT.hiring

The Brilliant Q1 2018 Hiring Forecast, produced in partnership with Dr. Richard Curtin, Director of Consumer Surveys at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, studies the hiring trends and business factors affecting accounting, finance, and information technology professionals for the greater Chicago and south Florida labor markets.

The study finds 40% of businesses are reporting unfilled jobs in accounting and finance, and 28% are reporting openings in IT. These numbers have increased from last quarter, especially for IT, which marked the highest percentage of openings reported in the past year.

Dr. Richard Curtin explains, in a press release, “Four-in-10 human resources professionals and hiring managers reported unfilled jobs in accounting and finance, and nearly 1-in-3 reported openings for IT.” Curtin continues, “While the overall number of open accounting and finance jobs exceeded IT positions, the change during the past year was dominated by a sharp rise in the number of available IT positions.”

Brilliant President Jeff Mariola adds, “Our study brings important insight into the future of the accounting, finance and information technology professions, and the overall health of the labor market. We remain optimistic that consistent and elevated numbers of open positions and plans to hire indicate continued growth at least in the near term.”

The Brilliant Q1 2018 Hiring Forecast survey was conducted between October 24, 2017, and November 6, 2017. Close to 300 Human Resources professionals and hiring managers participated in the study.  To download the Brilliant Q1 2018 Accounting, Finance and Information Technology Hiring Forecast, click here.