Forecast: 2016 Hiring Just Like 2015

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

The recruitment services company says U.S. job growth will “hold steady” this year. Its survey of some 2,300 hiring managers and HR professionals found 36 percent of them expect to increase their permanent, full-time headcount in 2016, the same percentage as last year.

In some industries the percentage of companies planning to hire is well above the national average:

  • 46 percent for financial services;
  • 44 percent of IT;
  • 43 percent of healthcare.

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

By region, hiring plans are strongest in the West where 42 percent of companies plan to add workers during the year. The West, though, also has the largest percentage — 12 percent — of companies expecting to make cuts. The fewest companies — 30 percent — reporting plans to increase staff are in the Northeast.

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



John Zappe was the editor of and 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.