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Majority of Companies Plan to Hire This Year

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For those looking for a job, new research offers some welcome news. In that research, it was found that two-thirds of human resources professionals were planning to hire in 2012. In larger companies that have more than 10,000 employees, that number increased to 80 percent of human resources professionals who were planning on hiring. 

One large reason for this optimism is the economy. According to the research, nearly 60 percent of the 500 HR professionals that were polled stated that the current economic situation has no bearing on their ability to hire and recruit new talent.  Although a majority of HR professionals are planning on hiring, there are some challenges in doing so. Most notably among them is the success rate of current recruiting programs.

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According to the Allied Mobile Workforce Mobility Survey, slightly more than half of the HR professionals polled said their recruiting programs were successful. Just 27 percent of the respondents rated health care programs offered in their recruiting packages as a strength of the package. Additionally, just 2 percent helped to cover spousal employment support in recruiting packages. For this reason, even the most successful recruiting packages lose one out of four of their top job candidates, according to the poll of HR professionals. 

Despite these challenges, there are a number of potential benefits and advantages that companies can take advantage of when looking for new talent. They include:

  • Offer reimbursement for old home losses — Just 16 percent of respondents said their recruiting packages offered any form of reimbursement for old home losses.
  • Offer information on area schools— Just 39 percent of recruiting packages offered information on area schools for families who were relocating.
  • Embrace social media —According to the research, slightly less than 40 percent of the respondents consider social media a good source for recruitment.

The information in the Allied Mobile Workforce Mobility Survey was based on the responses of 500 HR professionals. The research was sponsored by Allied Van Lines. 

Reach BusinessNewsDaily staff writer David Mielach at Dmielach@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @D_M89.

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