A survey suggests that hiring should pick up as 2011 progresses.
Dice Holdings says slightly more than half (51 percent) of employers and recruiters anticipate hiring more professionals in the second half of 2011 than in the previous six months. Companies expecting a step-up in hiring in the next six months represented a broad spectrum of industries, including energy, technology, telecom, media, internet, distribution, financial services, consulting and retail.
What's more, nearly half of hiring manager and recruiters (49 percent) said they have started to recruit talent from geographies outside their local market due to talent shortages. This emerging phenomenon was more pronounced for companies headquartered in the East, Midwest and South, as compared to those in the Northeast and West.
Employers are also starting to shell out more for her hires. The survey found that 41 percent of hiring managers and recruiters indicated salaries for new hires are rising, compared to just 29 percent who felt that way six months ago.
"The recovery in jobs appears to be broadening to include more industries, more professions and certainly more local markets," said Scot Melland, Chairman, President and CEO of Dice Holdings. "We see this every day in our businesses as more and more companies return to recruiting and speed-to-hire becomes increasingly important."
Dice provides specialized career websites and career fairs. It recently surveyed US companies, government entities and recruiting firms through the country who hire or recruit a variety of professionals.
The disparity between available jobs and skilled talent has sparked companies to adapt to a more competitive market.
For those planning on making more hires in the second half of 2011, 48 percent project they will add up to 10 percent more employees compared with the first half of 2011, while 29 percent plan to increase hiring by 11 to 20 percent.
Half of employers and recruiters noted they are no longer seeing increases in the number of candidates applying for positions. June 2008 was the last time a similar number of employers indicated a change in applicant behavior.