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July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. workers can expect a stable employment environment over the next six months along with an upswing in temporary jobs. In CareerBuilder's latest national survey, employers indicated that full-time, permanent hiring in the second half of 2013 will mirror that of 2012 while temporary and contract hiring is expected to increase 10 percentage points over last year.
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
Hot Areas for HiringIn addition to recruiting for revenue-related functions such as sales and customer service, employers are placing an emphasis on roles involving newer technologies, big data, social media and financial services. In the back half of the year, employers plan to hire in the following areas:
Jobs tied to mobile technology – 16 percent
Jobs tied to cloud technology – 15 percent
Jobs tied to social media – 13 percent
Jobs tied to managing and interpreting big data – 12 percent
Jobs tied to financial regulation – 10 percent
Jobs tied to health informatics – 10 percent
Jobs tied to cyber security – 9 percent
Small Business HiringWhile 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.
50 or fewer employees – 24 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 21 percent in 2012
250 or fewer employees – 34 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 31 percent in 2012
500 or fewer employees – 37 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 34 percent in 2012
Hiring in Metropolitan and Rural AreasJob creation continues in both big cities and outlying towns. Of employers who are hiring in the second half of 2013, 75 percent said they will be recruiting for positions in large metropolitan areas while 39 percent will be hiring in non-metropolitan, rural areas – similar to last year.
Hiring By RegionComparing regions, the West remains the most optimistic in terms of hiring plans for the remainder of the year while the Midwest saw the bigger year-over-year percentage increase for employers planning to add full-time, permanent staff:
West – 48 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 47 percent in 2012
Midwest – 46 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 40 percent in 2012
Northeast – 43 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, down from 44 percent in 2012
South – 42 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, down from 45 percent in 2012