More Employers to Add Temp, Perm In Year Ahead

CareerBuilder 2015 Job Forecast tempThe pace of hiring will quicken in 2015, as more employers plan to add staff — permanent and temp — than at any time since the start of the recession.

Surveys by a trio of organizations found employers generally optimistic about growth in the year ahead, with more of them than at any time in the past seven years planning to add workers.

Released just this morning, CareerBuilder’s annual job survey found 36% of employers expect to add permanent, full time staff this year. That’s a 50% increase over what employers said at the beginning of 2014.

Even more employers — 46% versus 42% last year — say they’ll bring on more temporary and contract workers in the year ahead; 56% plan to transition some temporary or contract workers into full-time, permanent roles.

Manpower’s Employment Outlook Survey, released early in December, found similar optimism among employers. The global staffing agency’s survey of 18,000+ employers found a seasonally adjusted 19% of them plan to add staff in the first quarter alone.

Manpower’s Net Employment Outlook of 16% for the quarter ahead is the highest it’s been since the first quarter of 2008.

ManpowerGroup CEO Jonas Prising, said, “There’s a little wind at our backs, as evidenced by the broadly positive hiring plans, and we see that as boding well for 2015.”

An even more optimistic prediction comes from the Employer Associations of America (EAA). Its 2015 National Business Trends Survey of 1,417 organizations found 52% of employers plan to add staff, a better than 10% increase over last year. As recently as 2013, only 34% expected to add jobs.

The positions most difficult to hire, the survey founds, are professional staff, cited by 44% of respondents followed by skilled production workers (42%). Consequently, notes the EAA report, “43% of employers plan to emphasize recruiting in 2015, up from 31% in 2014.”

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“The majority of executives surveyed are optimistic about 2015, are confident they will award pay increases, and look to invest in their existing employees, facilities and/or equipment.”

The EAA survey skews toward smaller employers, with just over half in the 1-99 employee category. In addition, 43% are in manufacturing.

CareerBuilder 2015 Job ForecastSTEM hiring is going to get even more competitive this year, predicts CareerBuilder. Last year, slightly more than a quarter of survey respondents said they expected to add full time, permanent science, technology, engineering or math jobs in the year ahead. Now, 31% say that.  Hiring for IT (54%), financial services (42%), manufacturing (41%) and healthcare (38%) is expected to outperform the national average.

“The U.S. job market is turning a corner as caution gives way to confidence,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “The amount of companies planning to hire in 2015 is up 12 percentage points over last year, setting the stage for a more competitive environment for recruiters that may lend itself to some movement in wages.”


John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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