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Dec 29
2010

Hiring to increase in 2011

Posted by Stephen Taub in temporary workersHarris Interactiveemployment growthemploymentcontract workersCareers/ManagementCareerBuilder

Stephen Taub

The employment picture is expected to brighten in 2011, but in a rather unconvincing manner.

The big question is whether the long-term unemployed lose their patience, or worse, their marketable skills, before they find a job.

According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and published by CareerBuilder more jobs will be added in 2011 than 2010, but job creation will remain gradual. The survey of more than 2,400 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes found that 24 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in 2011, up from 20 percent in 2010 and 14 percent in 2009.  Seven percent plan to decrease headcount, an improvement from 9 percent in 2010 and 16 percent in 2009. 

However the majority-58 percent--anticipate no change in their staff levels while 11 percent are unsure.

In addition, 13 percent of employers expect to hire part-time employees in the next 12 months, up from 11 percent in 2010 and 9 percent in 2009.  Five percent plan to decrease part-time help, an improvement from 8 percent in 2010 and 14 percent in 2009. 

Again a majority-71 percent--anticipate no change in their staff levels while 12 percent are unsure.

 "The year will be characterized by steady, measured gains across various industries," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, in a press release. "More than half of employers reported they are in a better financial position today than they were one year ago."

One trend that figures to persist is the heavy use of temporary or contract workers. The survey found that 34 percent of hiring managers plan to hire these non-staffers to supplement leaner staffs in 2011, up from 30 percent in 2010 and 28 percent in 2009.  Of those hiring, nearly one-in-four (24 percent) expect to add more than last year. 

These workers do not receive benefits and are much easier to get rid of.

One good sign: Thirty-nine percent of employers plan to transition some contract or temporary staff into full-time, permanent employees.

So, what kinds of jobs figure to open up next year?

Among employers who plan to increase their full-time, permanent employees, sales is the number one area, CareerBuilder points out. This makes sense. These are the people who ultimately grow a business.

The top 10 functional areas for recruitment include:

  1. Sales - 27 percent
  2. Information Technology - 26 percent
  3. Customer Service - 25 percent
  4. Engineering - 21 percent
  5. Technology - 19 percent
  6. Administrative - 17 percent
  7. Business Development - 17 percent
  8. Marketing - 17 percent
  9. Research/Development - 15 percent
  10. Accounting/Finance - 14 percent

Broken down by region, more employers in the West plan to recruit new employees in 2011 than other regions.  Twenty-six percent of hiring managers in the West reported they plan to add full-time, permanent headcount followed by 24 percent in the Northeast and 23 percent in the Midwest and South. 

 

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