By John S. McClenahen In major U.S. firms, the hunt for talent continues, with leadership and management skills the most sought after for 2002, indicates a new survey from Accenture, a New York-based management consulting firm. Customer contact skills and technical skills rank second and third on the in-demand list, according to the survey of 150 senior executives conducted for Accenture by Wirthlin Worldwide, a McLean, Va.-based market research firm. The survey also suggests major layoffs among U.S. companies may be ending. Nearly 70% of the senior executives report that workforces in their companies will remain at their current levels -- or post modest increases -- in 2002. Another 18% say their companies will hire more than 1,000 workers this year. The survey was conducted between Dec. 3, 2001 and Jan. 22, 2002.