July 5, 2011 – Nearly half (42 percent) of company leaders have either recently implemented or plan to implement bringing in new staff (temporary or full-time) in the third quarter, according to a national hiring trends survey conducted by Express Employment Professionals, a privately-held staffing companies. “We're seeing employers' confidence levels increase slightly,” said Robert A. Funk, CEO of Express. “Not only do they plan to hire new employees, but some are also considering reinstating previous pay and/or raises and lifting hiring freezes.” Express surveyed more than 17,000 current and former clients across the U.S. and Canada. Survey results of those who responded indicate that 67 percent of companies plan to hire one to three people across all business sectors during the third quarter. Hiring trends in all regions continue to be greatest in administrative and office clerical, with 30 percent of respondents planning new hires, while 26 percent of commercial/light industrial businesses anticipate adding new staff. Additionally, 22 percent of respondents plan to fill positions in “other” sectors which include healthcare, customer service, food service, general labor, maintenance, sales and more.