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CareerBuilder Releases 2013 Job Forecast For The 10 Largest Global Economies

Rounding out the top economies, Japan continues to work to resuscitate business investment and consumer spending after a devastating tsunami in 2011.  While 22 percent of employers in Japan plan to increase staff, 19 percent expect to downsize.

  • Brazil – 71% increase, 5% decrease, 20% no change
  • India – 67% increase, 13% decrease, 17% no change
  • Russia – 48% increase, 15% decrease, 36% no change
  • China – 52% increase, 27% decrease, 21% no change
  • U.S. – 26% increase, 9% decrease, 55% no change
  • Germany – 29% increase, 15% decrease, 53% no change
  • U.K. – 30% increase, 21% decrease, 46% no change
  • Japan – 22% increase, 19% decrease, 56% no change
  • France – 24% increase, 24% decrease, 48% no change
  • Italy – 19% increase, 33% decrease, 43% no change

*Remaining percentage is undecided.

Top Jobs for the New Year

Across major markets, employers are most likely to hire for positions that are closely tied to revenue and innovation.  Common themes of hiring in Sales, Customer Service, Information Technology and Production came through in the study, though it is notable that China was the only market that listed Research & Development in its top three areas for recruitment. 

When asked to identify the top areas their organizations will be hiring for, employers pointed to:   

  • U.S. – Sales, Information Technology, Customer Service
  • China – Sales, Research & Development, Production
  • Japan – Information Technology, Engineering, Customer Service
  • Germany – Information Technology, Sales, Production
  • France – Production, Sales, Information Technology (IT tied with Customer Service)
  • U.K. – Sales, Administrative, Customer Service
  • Brazil – Customer Service, Information Technology, Administrative
  • Italy – Production, Sales, Administrative
  • Russia – Production, Customer Service, Engineering
  • India – Information Technology, Marketing, Customer Service

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the U.S., Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia and the U.K. by Harris Interactive © on behalf of CareerBuilder among hiring managers and human resource professionals (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) between November 1 and November 30, 2012 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With pure probability samples ranging from 400 to 2,611, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error between +/- 4.9 and +/-1.92 percentage points.  Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.



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