People looking for a job may get some welcome news in the second half of 2012. Private-sector employers said they were planning on increasing hiring in the latter half of this year compared with the same time last year, according to a new study.
Overall, 44 percent of employers are planning on adding full-time employees between July 1 and Dec. 31, up from 35 percent in 2011. Twenty-one percent said they would be adding part-time and temporary employees in the second half of 2012.
Small business owners will also be joining in the hiring, the survey said. More than one-in-five small businesses with 50 or fewer employees will be adding employees. Additionally, 31 percent of businesses with 250 or fewer employees and 34 percent of business owners with fewer than 500 employees will be adding new employees in the final months of 2012.
"The rate of job creation has been slower than what we would have expected at this point in the recovery, but the market is stable," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, which conducted the study. "Two years ago, the hiring activity in the United States was driven primarily by large employers recruiting in metropolitan areas for a handful of industries or job functions."
Businesses will be looking to add employees in fields where they can help the business. In particular, business owners will be looking to add customer service, information technology and sales workers . Other popular fields where businesses were looking to add workers included business development, accounting and marketing. Employers will also be looking to add employees in several emerging fields. Notably, businesses want to add workers with experience in social media, storing and managing data and cybersecurity.
The study also found that employees were looking to take advantage of the new job opportunities. Overall, 27 percent of workers said they will be looking for a new job in the next year. This is making business owners worried as 39 percent of employers said losing their top employees is their biggest fear.
"Today, we see job listings in all industries, market sizes and company sizes," Ferguson said. "The outlook for the remainder of the year is better than 2011, but it will follow the same pattern of steady progress rather than a surge in job growth. Employers will remain careful as they assess barriers and opportunities for growth in the economy and their own businesses."
The information in this research is based on the responses of 2,298 hiring managers and human resource professionals in the United States and 3,892 full-time, not self-employed, nongovernment workers.
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