Overall business leaders in Arkansas are bullish on employment for the remainder of 2014. However, when asked to rate criteria based on its impact to their company’s workforce growth, the #1 concern was recruiting qualified candidates.
So while business leaders expect to hire more, they are desperate to find the right technical talent.
Although we continue to see cautious optimism at work here, we are starting to see a very positive trend in the data. 47% of our respondents said conditions are better than 6 months ago, up from only 25% at the end of 2013. Furthermore, 51% feel conditions will be better over the next 6 months. That’s a 46% improvement from our last survey.
So what can local businesses here in Arkansas do to control their own destiny? At CEG Partners we believe identifying, recruiting, and hiring the best technical talent should not be left to chance. Companies should either hire an in-house recruiter or a 3rd party professional recruiting/staffing firm. This will allow them to tap new sources of talent (i.e. military vets, colleges, etc.) as well as refine how they match candidates to available positions. Relocating national level talent to Arkansas is also a unique challenge. We have a well-kept secret in this state related to quality of life and we need to get that message out.
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About the Survey
From June 9 to July 28, 2014, CEG Partners along with Talk Business, the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce surveyed CEOs, presidents, plant managers, and other business leaders in Arkansas across all major industries including manufacturing, health care, technology, finance, utilities and others. More than 150 leaders responded to the survey. It is the only forward-looking economic confidence survey of its kind in Arkansas.
About CEG Partners
CEG Partners is experienced in consulting, executive recruiting and technical recruiting. Our recruiting practice includes – IT recruiting, IT staffing, Telecom staffing, as well as sourcing IT consultants for many of our clients. Our consulting practice includes – Program Management, Six Sigma (and Lean Six Sigma), LTE (Long Term Evolution), Customer Experience, Customer Retention, Process Improvement, Customer Loyalty, and Employee Surveys. Please contact us for all of your consulting and recruiting needs, whether you’re a job seeker or an employer.