November 11, 2013

Permanent Hiring Steady, Temp Hiring Growing During Latter Half of 2013

ring of peopleCareerBuilder’s mid-year 2013 forecast reports that U.S. workers should expect stable employment throughout the rest of 2013 as permanent hiring will keep pace with 2012 while contract and temporary hiring should experience an upswing of up to 10 percent.

“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,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “The projected surge in temporary hiring from July to December is evidence of both a growing confidence in the market and a recession-induced hesitation to immediately place more permanent hires on the books. However, the overall pace of permanent hiring is stronger today in various industries and geographies, and will continue on a path of gradual improvement for the remainder of the year.”

Specifically, the study found that:

• 44 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees at 2012 levels.

• 25 percent plan to hire part-time employees, up from 21 percent in 2012.

• 31 percent plan to hire temp or contract workers, up 10 percent over 2012.

Employers are also putting growing emphasis on roles involving newer technologies, big data, social media, and financial services. Hiring is expected to be particularly active in the following occupations:

• Mobile technology – 16 percent

• Cloud technology – 15 percent

• Social media – 13 percent

• Managing and interpreting big data – 12 percent

• Financial regulation – 10 percent

• Health informatics – 10 percent

• Cyber security – 9 percent

Small business recruitment continues to lag behind larger organizations but ,small business hiring is trending up compared to bigger employers as 56 percent of small businesses expect to add more employees by the end of 2013. Broken down by size:

• Businesses with 50 or fewer employees – 24 percent expect to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 21 percent in 2012.

• Businesses with 250 or fewer employees – 34 percent are hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 31 percent in 2012.

• Businesses with 500 or fewer employees – 37 percent are hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 34 percent in 2012.


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Joshua Bjerke, from Savannah, Georgia, focuses on articles involving the labor force, economy, and HR topics including new technology and workplace news. Joshua has a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in International Studies and is currently pursuing his M.A. in International Security.