STAYING IN THE GAME

Robert Half Management Resources Survey: CFOs Say Benefit of Consulting is Staying Active Professionally

MENLO PARK, CA, July 22, 2010 -- They may be ready to hand over the keys to the company car, but they aren't ready to hit the links full time. For this group, a career in consulting can hold appeal, suggests a Robert Half Management Resources survey. More than one in four (26 percent) chief financial officers (CFOs) surveyed said the security of remaining actively employed was the number-one reason they'd consider consulting. This top response was followed by flexible schedules (21 percent) and the variety and challenge of consulting work (20 percent).

The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources, the world's premier provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals on a project and interim basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.

CFOs were asked, "Which of the following is the most attractive aspect of a career in consulting?" Their responses:

Active employment

26%

 

Flexible schedule

21%

 

Variety and challenge of work

20%

 

Attractive compensation

18%

 

Ability to make decisions more autonomously

10%

 

All of the above

2%

 

None of the above

2%

 

Don't know/no answer

1%

 

 

100%

 
   


 

"The leadership experience and extensive business knowledge CFOs possess can make them high-demand consultants, particularly for start-ups or newly listed companies seeking guidance," said Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources. "As organizations continue to look for ways to increase efficiencies and many resume projects put on hold during leaner times, they are finding it cost-effective to engage tenured accounting and finance executives on a project basis."

McDonald added, "Consulting enables experienced professionals to maintain many of the benefits of working full time, including challenging assignments, attractive compensation and intellectual stimulation but with the added advantage of greater flexibility."

About the Survey
The national survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on more than 1,400 telephone interviews with CFOs from a random sample of U.S. companies with 20 or more employees. For the survey to be statistically representative and ensure that companies from all segments are represented, the sample was stratified by geographic region and number of employees. The results were then weighted to reflect the proper proportion of employees within each region.

About Robert Half Management Resources
Robert Half Management Resources is the premier provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals to supplement companies' project and interim staffing needs. The company has more than 145 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at www.roberthalfmr.com. Follow Robert Half Management Resources at twitter.com/roberthalfmr for workplace news.


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