A new report and hiring survey from a U.S. staffing company shows that employers in the country are confident that their hiring plans will remain stable in the second quarter of 2013, and many said they plan to take on both temporary and full-time workers in the coming three months.
Staffing Industry Analysts reports that Melanie Holmes, vice president of the company that performed the survey, stated the results should boost employers' confidence that hiring will continue in the near future.
"It's a very broad-based, steady picture," she said.
The survey found that 18 percent of the respondents said they plan to hire new workers in the next three months, compared to only 5 percent who said they don't expect to add to their headcount. About 73 percent of hiring managers who responded said they don't plan to add or shed any jobs in the second quarter, and the final 4 percent stated that they had not committed to any hiring plans for the near future. All together, the report indicated, the results reflect a hiring environment that is stabilizing.
After crunching the data, the group stated that it resulted in a net employment outlook of 11 percent. Although this came in one percentage point lower than the previous quarter, it also marked a one percentage point increase compared with the same period of 2012. The slight drop from the previous quarter should not be too alarming, the report noted.
"I just don't think one quarter and one percentage point is a trend. I'm not particularly concerned about it going down one percentage point for the quarter," Holmes said. "I just have a feeling that it's just a little blip."
The media outlet stated that what may be most exciting about the report is that it showed U.S. employers have reported a positive outlook for the near term in the last 14 quarters. What's more, the number of respondents who said they plan to reduce hiring dropped to its lowest level since the third quarter of 2000.
"That's good for people who are currently employed, and perhaps we are having fewer layoffs," said Holmes.
According to the news source, every metro area in every state surveyed indicated they were positive about a pickup in the hiring environment in the second quarter of the year. The results suggested the best areas for employment in the next three months will likely be in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and positions in wholesale and retail establishments.
In the Northeast, Midwest and West, the construction sector will also see a major increase in hiring. The Midwest is expected to lead the way, where employment expected to pick up by 5 percent compared with the same period in 2012.
A Changing Workforce
Some experts have asserted that as the U.S. recovers from the recession, its hiring climate may have been altered for good. According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, Jim Hettinger, chief provocateur of Urban(e) Development Services, says he believes there has been a shift, in which a person's "job" is better described as their "work."
Rather than a set job or career, he says, many are people are finding success through temporary labor, and working on individual projects in groups. Once this project is complete, many go on their way to find their next work project.
"Business downturns, loss of market share, high costs, and loss of tax base — these factors conspire to make certain no job is permanent," Hettinger wrote. "So, if you begin this argument insisting that every person is "entitled" to a job, you have already run off the road of reality."
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