According to CareerBuilder’s 2013 Mid-Year Hiring Forecast, released today, temporary and contract hiring plans are up by 10 percentage points from the same time last year.
Findings from the survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals nationwide indicate a continued boost in temporary hiring activity as well as hiring for full-time and part-time positions:
- 44 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, on par with last year
- 25 percent plan to hire part-time employees, up from 21 percent last year
- 31 percent plan to hire temporary or contract workers, up from 21 percent last year
The surge in temporary hiring is evidence that while employers are growing more confident in the market, they are still hesitant to take on permanent hires, according to Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.
“Companies are adding more employees to keep pace with demand for their products and services, but they’re not rushing into a full-scale expansion of headcount in light of economic headwinds that still linger today,” Ferguson said in a statement for the press release, adding that the overall pace of permanent hiring is a positive sign for the economy.
What’s New in 2013? Hiring Trends to Watch:
- Big Data Jobs Get Bigger: While employers will continue to hire for revenue-related functions such as sales and customer service, they’re also beginning to place more emphasis on roles involving newer technologies, big data, social media and financial services.
- Small Businesses Plan to Grow: While recruitment activity among small businesses lags that of larger organizations, the number of small businesses planning to hire over the next six months is trending up while the number for larger organizations declined slightly compared to last year. More than half (56 percent) of companies with more than 500 employees expect to add more employees by year end, down from 58 percent in 2012. Meanwhile, 37 percent of companies with 500 or fewer employees plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 34 percent in 2012.
- West is Best for Job Seekers: Comparing regions, employers in the West appear most optimistic in terms of hiring plans for the remainder of the year, with 48 percent planning to hire full-time, permanent employees (up from 47 percent last year); followed by the Midwest, with 46 percent who said the same, the Northeast (43 percent) and finally, the South (42 percent). Meanwhile, the Midwest saw the bigger year-over-year percentage increase.
- Hiring in Q2 versus Q3: One-third (34 percent) of employers added full-time, permanent headcount in the second quarter, the same as last year, but slightly fewer employers (30 percent) express similar plans moving into Q3. In more uplifting news, the number of employers who decreased headcount in Q2 (10 percent) is slightly more than the 9 percent that expect to downsize staffs in Q3.