Results of a new survey, conducted by management Recruiters International Inc. (MRI), indicate that 50.4 percent of executives with responsibility for hiring in the insurance industry plan to increase staff hiring in the second half of this year. That number represents a 5.6 point increase from the first half of 2000. Moreover, while 39.5 percent indicated that they plan to maintain current staff sizes, that number was down by 7 points.
The 10.1 percent who planned decreases represented only a 1.4 point increase. MRI president and CEO Allen Salikof said that many companies are responding to concerns about the level of quality customer service in the insurance industry and are expanding their middle management staffs. MRI is a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based CDI Corporation, a provider of staffing and outsourcing services.
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