Send In Your Resumes, Employers Are Hiring Again

resumes employers hiringBaseball season kicked off this week, but there is even better news to report for job seekers: Companies are returning to their pre-recession hiring levels, according to CareerBuilder's latest nationwide survey.

Thirty percent of employers plan on adding new full-time, permanent staff through June, building on the momentum from the first three months of this year. The hiring trend for the first quarter was on par with 2007 and the highest increase in hiring reported since the recession began.

The study also shows that there is competition for talent among employers, with more than half reporting that a candidate rejected a job offer from their organization within the last year. Forty-one percent of those attributed the rejection to their inability to provide the candidate's desired salary, while 22 percent said they didn't offer the position quickly enough and the candidate was already hired somewhere else.

  • 42 percent of employers expect there will be an increase in salaries of 3 percent or less
  • 31 percent anticipate no change in salary levels in the second quarter compared to the same period last year
  • 17 percent expect their average salary changes will be between 4 and 10 percent
  • 3 percent predict an increase in salaries of 11 percent or more
  • 3 percent anticipate a decrease in salaries

Temporary hiring

Employers are increasing their use of temporary labor to help meet increased business demands. Thirty-seven percent of employers reported they hired contract or temporary workers in the first quarter, up from 29 percent last year. Thirty-four percent plan to hire contract or temporary workers in the second quarter, up from 26 percent last year. Nearly one-in-four are planning to transition some contract or temporary staff into permanent employees in the second quarter, up from 17 percent last year.

Skills gap still a challenge

"One of the major challenges the U.S. faces is being able to align the skill sets of the labor force with positions that are in high demand," says Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.

"There is a growing gap between high-skill job openings and available talent that has a larger impact on overall employment. Fifteen percent of employers reported that, because they can't fill high-skill positions within their organizations, they're not able to create lower-skilled positions that are tied to these roles."

However, we're moving toward a job market that is stable and growing, according to Ferguson.

Click here to download the entire job forecast as a PDF

"Forty-one percent of companies reported their sales have increased over the last six months, which is helping to fuel greater confidence in hiring," he adds. "The amount of job listings we're seeing for key categories on are similar to that of 2007. All indicators point to steady improvement in the job market in the second quarter and beyond."

The national survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive© from February 9 to March 2, 2012, included more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.

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Trudy Marie

Hiring again! LMAO Not in PA unless you want to work for minimum wage with 16 year olds who spend all their time texting on their cell phones instead of working.

April 08 2012 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mad Dog

Funny when this article talks about pay, it thinks there have been annual raises. Pay has been frozen since 2008 in every location I know of.

April 08 2012 at 1:52 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I have a few friends out of work...all well qualified...but over not everyone is getting hired!!
No matter how experienced or qualified they are!

April 08 2012 at 1:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

If obama care is not shot dead by the court, all this hiring will die too and more layoffs will begin. Most of the hiring is another lie for our moslem& chief, obama.

April 08 2012 at 12:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Frank S. Pedigo

The biggest problem is companies dont hire anymore . They use temporary staffing agencies who offer no benefits and take advantage of the high unemployment by paying low wages . This gets people off unemployment rolls but does nothing to help the economy . In Florida if you work for one of these agencies and they have no work for you then you cant file unemployment .

April 08 2012 at 12:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

120,000 jobs created in March, and number of new filings for Un-Employment was what? The obama cheer leading goes on!

April 08 2012 at 12:16 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Don't beleive any of this. Obsama must go.

April 08 2012 at 11:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
John Spain

Obama Sucks

April 08 2012 at 11:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to John Spain's comment

So what else is new?

April 08 2012 at 11:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There is hiring but here is what you get in most cases:

A very annoying, distasteful interview, why were you out of work so long, why did you leave last job, ect.
Part time, low wage, no benefits, or all three.
Jobs with no future, no promotions, no raises, or poor training programs.

Nobody seems to understand how do to anything in the business world but make profit right now.

April 08 2012 at 10:19 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Rewind to 2008, when employers dumped long term highly paid employees (often mid to upper management). Now they are hiring replacements, no doubt at lower pay and benefit packages. We win again!

April 08 2012 at 9:08 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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