Survey: Temporary and Contract Hiring to Increase in 2012

Chicago — Jan. 5

More than a third (35 percent) of U.S. companies are operating with smaller staffs than before the recession. But to keep pace with market demand, many are turning to staffing and recruiting companies and temporary workers, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.

Thirty-six percent of companies will hire contract or temporary workers in 2012. This is up from 34 percent in 2011; 30 percent for 2010; and 28 percent for 2009.

Of the companies hiring temporary or contract workers this year, 35 percent have plans to hire them on a permanent basis, according to the survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive and included more than 3,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals.

Recruitment for temporary jobs will begin right away for some companies — 27 percent of companies will hire temporary or contract workers in first quarter 2012.

Based on data from CareerBuilder’s “Supply & Demand Portal,” the following are examples of staffing and recruiting positions currently in demand:

• Health Care
• Occupational or Physical Therapist
• Speech Language Pathologist
• Industrial
• Maintenance Technician or Mechanic
• CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machinist
• Information Technology
• Java or .Net Developer
• Network Engineer
• Office-Clerical
• Administrative Assistant
• Customer Service Representative
• Professional-Managerial
• Business Analyst
• Marketing Assistant

Source: CareerBuilder