A recent survey conducted by a U.S. staffing firm found that employers say they they expect to continue bringing on new workers throughout the second quarter of 2013.
Of the 566 employers who were surveyed and ran companies all over the U.S. and Canada, 38 percent stated they will need to strengthen their staff in the light industrial and commercial space. This marks a 7 percent increased compared to what surveyed respondents indicated in the first quarter survey. The group found that another 19 percent of respondents stated they plan to bring more administrative and clerical workers on staff, beating the previous quarter's reading by 3 percent.
"These survey results suggest that 2013 will prove to be a strong year for employment growth in general, as well as for the staffing industry," said Bob Funk , CEO and chairman of the board for firm that conducted the survey. "As hiring is up and the economy continues to edge toward recovery, businesses are relying more and more on staffing companies to complement their core staff."
Funk added that the current economic conditions make it imperative for any company to focus on retaining the best talent, given how difficult it is to find skilled workers.
More results from the survey indicated that 43 percent of respondents said that it was "somewhat easy to very easy" to fill vacant positions that their companies, marking a 7 percent increase compared to the first quarter. Respondents said the most valued characteristics in a new employee were work ethic and integrity, attitude and a credible work history.
The findings come alongside another report that shows hiring in the Midwest, especially, is expected to rise, with 46 percent of respondents saying they expect to add jobs in the second quarter, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.