Fully one-third (33.3%) of advertising and marketing executives surveyed say they are planning to fill design or marketing positions in the first quarter of 2013, according to a survey from The Creative Group.

However, agencies are hiring more actively than brands: 51.0% of ad execs plan to hire creative talent in the first quarter, compared with 32.8% of marketing professionals who plan to do the same.

Midsize agencies are expecting the most hiring activity: 62.0% of ad execs working in such firms plan to add creative staff in 1Q13.

Below, additional findings from The Creative Group.

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Lenna Garibian is a MarketingProfs research writer and a marketing consultant in the tech industry, where she develops engaging content that builds thought leadership and revenue opportunities for clients. She's held marketing and research positions at eRPortal Software, GAP Inc., Stanford University, and the IMF. Reach Lenna via Twitter @LennaAnahid and LinkedIn.