October 13, 2011 – As caution continues to dictate the economic climate, many companies are recruiting top talent to navigate uncertainty and maintain a competitive advantage. Twenty-three percent of employers expect to hire for executive-level positions over the next six months, according to CareerBuilder’s new nationwide survey of more than 2600 hiring managers and HR professionals conducted from August 15 to September 8, 2011. The survey is in conjunction with CareerBuilder's launch of HeadHunter.com – a job search and recruitment site for management and executive-level candidates. Consistent with hiring expectations for all workers, IT companies are leading the way in executive hiring, with 35 percent reporting they will fill top positions over the next six months. Other areas expecting to recruit executives include healthcare (25 percent), sales (24 percent), professional and business services (23 percent), financial services (23 percent) and leisure/hospitality (23 percent). “Companies have a perpetual need to attain competent, agile senior leadership. At no time is this more important than during an uncertain economic recovery,” said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America.