2016 Job Growth To Be Like 2015

Careerbuilder 2016 job forecastHiring plans for 2016 look a lot like what companies expected last year, according to CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast.

Customer service, IT and sales top the list of most in-demand positions to be filled this year. The same three that topped last year’s list.

Contingent hiring will be as strong as last year, while the percentage of companies planning to make permanent, full-time hires is 36%, identical to what the 2015 forecast reported.

In its report, CareerBuilder declares U.S. job growth will “hold steady” this year. Its survey of some 2,300 hiring managers and HR professionals found little difference between their 2015 hiring plans and what they expect this year.

Some industries, though, are well above the national average:

  • 46% companies in financial services plan to make hires;
  • 44% of IT;
  • 43% of healthcare.

Customer service, IT, and sales jobs are among the most in-demand.top 10 most in demand Those are the same three that topped the list last year, but in a different order, Last year it was sales, customer service, then IT.

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47% of companies expect to add temporary or contract workers during the year. That nearly matches exactly what CareerBuilder reported last year when 46% of the survey respondents said they planned to up their contingent workforce.

A different report, this one from Ardent Partners, sees even more companies expecting to up their contingent workforce. About 35% of today’s entire workforce is made up of non-employee workers. Ardent’s report says “nearly 70% of enterprises today expect their contingent workforce to grow steadily in the 12 months ahead.”

The CareerBuilder forecast says hiring plans are strongest in the West where 42% of companies plan to add workers during the year. The West, though, also has the largest%age — 12% — of companies expecting to make cuts. The fewest companies — 30% — reporting plans to increase staff are in the Northeast.

By size, it’s the smallest employers who are most optimistic about hiring. 27% of employers with fewer than 51 workers expect to grow this year. That’s a 7%age point increase over last year. Of those with 500 or more employees, 42% have hiring plans, about the same%age (43%) as in 2015.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. 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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