dartsWebsite provider Dice Holdings, Inc. reported that hiring experts are predicting a strong, but not superb, year for hiring in 2013. The survey of hiring professionals showed that 46 percent of hiring managers and recruiters expect increased hiring throughout the first half of the year while 44 percent said the economy plays no part in their hiring behavior. Over half of hiring managers also foresee raises for current employees in the near future.

“As opposed to a fresh start, employers and employees seem to be entering 2013 ready to hold on to the status quo. While it may feel like a good amount of running in place, it’s important to remember more than 1.3 million private sector jobs have been created this year and business conditions point to continued modest job growth,” said Scot Melland, Chairman, President CEO of Dice Holdings, Inc. “If greater confidence returns, I firmly believe hiring managers and professionals will be emboldened to act more decisively.”

With near-term salary predictions for current employees looking good, financials for new hires are less certain. Well under half (43 percent) of hiring managers expect to increase initial salaries during the first half of 2013. Consequently, recruiters and hiring managers are also reporting an increase in offer rejections (22 percent). In fact, the top two reasons hiring professionals reported for employees to decide to leave their employer was due to offers of better salaries and career opportunities.

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