Permanent Hiring to Remain Steady, Temporary Hiring to Grow to End 2013

Chicago — July 11

U.S. workers can expect a stable employment environment over the next six months along with an upswing in temporary jobs, according to a new survey.

In CareerBuilder’s latest national survey, employers indicated that full-time, permanent hiring in the second half of 2013 will mirror that of 2012 and remain steady, while temporary and contract hiring is expected to increase 10 percentage points from the year-earlier period.

The survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder from May 14 to June 5, included more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.

Separately, research conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists, or EMSI, a CareerBuilder company, found that temporary work accounted for 15 percent of all job growth nationally over the last four years, even though the industry makes up roughly two percent of the nation’s workforce.

In larger markets, the share of job growth since 2009 is much higher — more than 40 percent of new jobs in cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Cincinnati and Milwaukee can be attributed to temporary work.

Looking forward, the study shows there will be a continued boost in temporary hiring activity as well as hiring for full-time and part-time positions:

  • 44 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, on par with last year.
  • 25 percent plan to hire part-time employees, up from 21 percent last year.
  • 31 percent plan to hire temporary or contract workers, up from 21 percent last year.

In addition to recruiting for revenue-related functions such as sales and customer service, employers are placing an emphasis on roles involving newer technologies, big data, social media and financial services.

In the back half of the year, employers plan to hire in the following areas:

  • Jobs tied to mobile technology — 16 percent.
  • Jobs tied to cloud technology — 15 percent.
  • Jobs tied to social media — 13 percent.
  • Jobs tied to managing and interpreting big data — 12 percent.
  • Jobs tied to financial regulation — 10 percent.
  • Jobs tied to health informatics — 10 percent.
  • Jobs tied to cyber security — 9 percent.

Source: CareerBuilder