Firms appear to be feeling better about the economy's propsects, but only a few plan to hire more staff.
The Robert Half Finance and Accounting survey of 200 New Zealand chief financial officers and directors shows 79% think the economy will grow in 2012 and 87% think their companies will grow.
However only 13% are looking to hire more employees.
Robert Half director Andrew Brushfield says employers need to be aware that there is a skill shortage at present, and employees tend to move firms at such times.
Employers need to plan accordingly to make sure their teams are well staffed, he says.
Mr Brushfield says the same survey in Australia showed 44% of respondents planned to hire more staff.