RALEIGH, N.C. — Few chief financial officers expect to hire additional workers in the fourth quarter in Raleigh and Charlotte, according to a new survey.

According to the Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index, a net 4 percent of CFOs surveyed in Raleigh expect to add workers.

In Charlotte, a net 3 percent are looking to add headcount. That’s a four-point drop from the third quarter.

However, prospects for hiring are much better among chief information officers surveyed in the Queen City. A net 8 percent plan to hire more employees. That figure is unchanged from the third quarter.

In Atlanta, a net 5 percent of CFOs expect to add workers. That’s an increase of 2 points over the third quarter.

Nationally, 4 percent of CFOs have additional hiring plans.

Ten percent of Atlanta CIOs, meanwhile, are looking for more help. That’s a 3 percentage point drop from the third quarter.

Across the nation, a net 10 percent of CIOs have plans to hire.

A recent Manpower hiring survey recently reported that 20 percent of companies surveyed plan to hire additional workers.

“Demand is steady for highly skilled accounting and finance professionals,” said Max Messmer, chief executive officer of Robert Half International, a staffing firm. “Employers are willing to accelerate the recruiting process and offer premium compensation to avoid losing the most qualified individuals to competing job offers.”

Key findings of the national CIO survey included:

  • “Business growth remains the leading factor driving the need for more IT personnel.
  • “Help desk/end-user support professionals are in the greatest demand nationwide.
  • “CIOs in the East South Central and Mountain states are most optimistic about hiring activity.
  • “The construction industry forecasts the strongest IT employment gains. “
  • “Ongoing competition for IT professionals, particularly those with hard-to-find skill sets and specialized expertise, is prompting many companies to devote greater resources to recruitment and retention efforts,” said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology, in a statement.

    The surveys were conducted by an independent firm and included 1,400 CFOs as well as 1,400 CIOs.

    For survey results, see: www.roberthalf.com/pressroom