Hiring to Remain Steady for Rest of 2013

July 12, 2013 – U.S. workers can expect a stable employment environment over the next six months along with an upswing in temporary jobs, according to 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. The survey, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder, included more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes. Looking forward to the next six months of the year, the study shows there will be a continued boost in temporary hiring activity as well as hiring for full-time and part-time positions: 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; and 31 percent plan to hire temporary or contract workers, up from 21 percent last year. “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.”

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