Fifty-eight percent of executives say they plan to hire at all levels over the next year, according to a survey by Korn/Ferry International, a global provider of talent management solutions.

Still, 69 percent of respondents say they're waiting for a resolutions of the fiscal cliff or European financial crisis first. Twenty-six percent of respondents report they're now hiring employees, and 25 percent of respondents say they're either considering layoffs or in the process of reducing staff. Meanwhile, 49 percent of respondents aren't making changes.    

Of the two top outside factors delaying hiring are the so-called fiscal cliff in the United States, according to 39 percent of respondents, and the economic instability in Europe, 30 percent of respondents says.  Another 19 percent of respondents say a lower corporate tax rate would make them more likely to hire.  

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