Recruiting Outlook Remains Stable into New Year

January 5, 2014 – Caution remains a staple in recruitment plans, according to CareerBuilder's annual forecast, which shows that debt issues in Washington may continue to play a part in impeding a more accelerated jobs recovery. Twenty-four percent of companies reported that they will add full-time, permanent employees in 2014, down two percentage points from 2013. Nearly one in four employers said they will hire at a slower rate or will not expand headcount at all until the debt ceiling is resolved in the first quarter. Hiring for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations is expected to take center stage with more than one in four employers planning to create jobs in these areas over the next 12 months. “The general sentiment shared by employers is that there will be a better job market in 2014,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “What we saw in our survey was reluctance from some employers to commit to adding jobs until the outcomes of debt negotiations and other issues affecting economic expansion are clearer. As these stories play out and employers find their footing in the New Year, there is greater potential for the average monthly job creation in 2014 to exceed that of 2013.”

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