If you’re wondering where the jobs are, look to the West, where 24 percent of employers intend to add full-time workers. Employers in the Northeast anticipate the next highest amount of hiring, followed by the South and Midwest.
The industries where you can expect to see the largest hiring increases are information technology, manufacturing, financial services, professional and business services and sales.
Other notable results from the survey? Some good news for job seekers: “20% of employers plan to increase their number of full-time, permanent employees this year, up from 14% in 2009.” On the flip side, “9% plan to decrease headcount, down from 16% in 2009.” Most (61%) don’t anticipate hiring or firing workers.
The survey asks hiring managers and human resource professionals to comment on a variety of topics of interest to job seekers and employers. Some highlights from the survey include companies’ plans to:
- Replace lower-performing employees. Although most employers surveyed would grade their workforces a “B” or above (85%).
- Emphasize social media to strengthen their brand. 37% will focus more on social media and 8% plan to hire someone to do the job.
- Rehire laid-off workers. 32% plan to bring back workers, some in the first six months of the year.
- Continue to provide flexible work arrangements. 35% (up from 31% last year) will offer alternate schedules, telecommunting, compressed work weeks, summer hours, job sharing and/or sabbaticals.
- Cut perks and benefits. 37% (up from 32% last year) plan to cut employee incentives. Bonuses are the biggest cut (15%), followed by medical coverage (10%), suspended 401k matching, condiments, incentive trips, academic reimbursement, vacation time and wellness benefits.
Other items from the survey:
- Mature workers get the nod from 27% of surveyed companies who say they are open to retaining their workers who are approaching retirement. 1% say they may rehire retirees from other companies this year. 10% may offer incentives to keep workers approaching retirement age with their company. This works well for those approaching retirement age, as 37% of employers surveyed reported that they have employees requesting to stay on, up from 22% last year.
- Freelance or contract workers will still be on the books this year for 30% of surveyed employers, up from 28% last year.
- The environment is a greater focus for 11% of employers who plan to add “green jobs,” which is on par with last year’s figures.
- Bilingual employees are in luck. 40% of employers plan to build a bilingual workforce, although the survey does not specify what languages are in demand.
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