Employers share their plans for rest of 2010

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At the risk of sounding old, can you believe we’ve already gone through half of 2010? I feel as though we were just talking about what to expect in the first and second quarters of this year. Yet, here we are looking at the second half of 2010 in the recently released Job Forecast from CareerBuilder and USA Today.

As you might expect, employers are cautiously optimistic when it comes to hiring. Between July and December, 41 percent of surveyed hiring managers plan to hire new employees. Approximately 20 percent of hiring managers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the third quarters, which is similar to figures in both the first and second quarter of this year.

What does this mean? Simply, don’t expect a hiring sea change in the next three months. Employers have held a consistent approach to hiring this year and plan to continue. Although everyone (employers and job seekers alike) would like to see a boom in new workers, take heart that companies aren’t looking just to boost their payrolls momentarily and then have to downsize — they’re looking to fill positions for the long haul.

However, for those of you looking for work, here are the sectors where employers plan to begin hiring. Note that the focus is on positions that bring in revenue for the company:

  • Customer service (25 percent of hiring managers)
  • Sales (22 percent)
  • Information technology (18 percent)
  • Administrative (13 percent)
  • Business development (10 percent)
  • Accounting/Finance (10 percent)

What to expect for the rest of 2010:

1. Emerging jobs: Much of the year’s hiring will be in positions that either didn’t exist a few years ago or weren’t in high demand until recently. According to the survey, 24 percent of hiring managers will recruit for jobs in social media, green energy,  cybersecurity, global relations and health-care reform.

2. Employees jumping ship: Some human-resources professionals worry that an improving economy could mean their top performers will leave in pursuit of another job. Fifty-six percent fear their top talent will leave, and the survey finds that 29 percent of workers do plan to change jobs when the economy is in better shape.

3. Skilled labor is still hard to find: Although the job market has no shortage of applicants, it does have a shortage of qualified workers, according to employers. Twenty-two percent of employers report that they are having difficulty filling positions with qualified candidates. IT, customer service and communications are suffering from a shortage of qualified workers, hiring managers say.

Looking ahead at Q3:
Most job seekers want to know three things: Is anyone hiring? Where are they located? How much will they pay?

Is anyone hiring?

Yes! Although most employers don’t plan to hire new employees, approximately one-fifth do.

  • 21 percent of employers will add full-time, permanent  employees.
  • 8 percent plan to downsize.
  • 65 percent don’t expect a change in  head count.

Where are they hiring?
Hiring seems to be occurring at the same pace throughout the country.

  • 22 percent of Western employers intend to add full-time, permanent workers.
  • 21 percent of Northeastern and Midwestern employees say the same.
  • 20 percent of Southern employers have the same plan.

How much are they paying?
While many employers don’t foresee any salary raises or cuts, some do. However, most employers who will be giving raises expect them to be  moderate.

  • 42 percent of employers do not plan any change in salary levels.
  • 31 percent expect to see an increase of 1 to 3 percent.
  • 12 percent plan increases between 4 and 10 percent.
  • 1 percent expect an increase of 11 percent or more.

What do workers think?
The recession has caused many workers to re-evaluate their situations, from expenses to education to employment. The economic troubles of the past two years have not been kind to some companies, as 25 percent of workers admit to having a worse opinion of their employers as a result of the Great Recession. On the other hand, 14 percent have a better opinion and 61 percent have unchanged views.

Why do workers want to leave?
As mentioned above, 25 percent of workers plan to leave their organizations in the next 12 months. Why?

  • 30 percent of workers blame the recession. They feel overworked, the climate has changed, and resentment lingers from layoffs.
  • 33 percent of workers believe they are overqualified for their positions.
  • 23 percent of workers are not interested in their work.

Of course, you might not be surprised to learn that the No. 1 reason employees would stick around is an increase in salary. If that’s not an option, employee recognition will do.

You can read more in the complete forecast here. Do you agree with what employers say or do you see a different future in the coming months? Let us know.

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  3. Good Morning:
    I agree with some of the things in this article, but one thing that it doesnt mention is that even though employees are being abused at their present positions they hang in there because of the economy,. in this situation employees want to move on byt are afrid of not finding employment. the moral and hostile work enviroments that they have to work with are nothing compare to them being out of work. which I feel is very sa. peole need to get back to being able to work with a comapny that apreciated them

  4. In other words, the market still stinks. Many are looking, but a majority of companies are not hiring which means unemployment is still rising as it did in July.

  5. One question comes to mind: Of these jobs that are supposedly coming available, how many will be filled by workers currently out of a job? Will these jobs truly help the growing number of out-of-work people; or will they simply be trading current employees amongst themselves?

  6. There has been a trend over the last decade or so to move jobs offshore. I believe this trend will continue as more jobs are added. When employers start hiring again,they will look for the best employee bargain they can find. If those bargains are in China or Vietnam or South America, maybe even the US, that’s where the jobs will go.

  7. Part of the employers “Plan for 2010″ should be to be more professional and change with time times when it comes to hiring. In the age of the “email” there is no reason and applicant cannot get a response to the receipt of a resume of application and a response to rejection of their application. People are out here looking for work-if you dont want them-let them know ASAP and they can cross you off of their list. There you go, I just created a new posisition for. All companies should have a clerk who handles the above mentioned process.

  8. Does not sound like a Big Change in anything. Just more of the same old sh*t. Not really impressed with the article. It reads as if it were recycled from last year. There are not going to be any “New” jobs. Promotions from withing the company and such. Stimulus? If you are Michelle O’s brother, the person in the White House will give your boss 17 million bucks to save your job. Guess it pays to be close to the Biggest Liar of all time.

  9. “Biggest Liar of all time”? I had no idea old Georgie W Mission Accomplished knew Mrs. Obama even HAD a brother, much less that they were close.

  10. Amen to that! For months, I kept getting the “silent treatment”. If you want to stop all the replies from the unqualified candidates, JUST LET THEM KNOW!!! Silence does not solve anything!!

  11. Wake up kid. I had an interview three days ago where 700 applications were received. Since I have worked for a small company of “2″ employees, you feel free to type all the rejection e-mails. You have unrealistic expactations of this competetive world.

  12. I have to agree with Bob R, so many jobs are being moved overseas that now theres no one here making enough to buy anything. I went shopping last week and spent 2-4 hours at each store and guess what when I got home and done the figuring 77% made in China ( some with made in USA PACKAGING, that made it look like made in USA in stores, 11% made in Japan (even the tires I looked at) and clothing yep made in Pakastsn except for the sox and underware I managed to find. So I gotta say to empoyers DUH.

  13. I think the unemployment office should be hiring for all kinds of positions. There never seems to be anybody there. But maybe they’re thinking that if they start hiring then it would put them out of business…

  14. If IT is so hard to find then how come I have so many IT friends looking for work? Maybe it’s because they are asking for a living wage that makes them “over qualified.”

    This whole article is B.S.!

    • Well, do you think this person writing this article has an IT degree? I doubt it. They are probably lucky to have this job as well. Maybe they only work part time doing this! I am not working at this time, still trying to find work! But I don’t have a negative attitude and bring everyone around me with a negative attitude! Yes it sucks! But don’t drag everyone else with you! Your still alive! There is too much hate and shove the blame on someone else in the world. If you could smile 2% more each day, think of how many other people you can get to smile with you?

  15. I agree with the comments made I have was let go after almost 13 yrs experience in retail as I was expensive to the company could hire two part time associates with no benefits. And yes the associates still with the company acquire more depts to work or go up the corporate ladder….pressure is on. With not much increase in pay for and incentive.

    • I agree with the comments made I have almost 13 yrs experience in retail I was left go as company was downsizing I was expensive to the company. The company could hire two part-time associates with no benefits. And yes the associates that still with the company acquired more depts to work or responsibities or go up the corporate ladder….pressure is on. With not much increase in pay for and incentive.

      And I do think some companies are realizing with the downsizing they lost alot of professional and experienced help and the now the company is suffering.

  16. This article sounds to rosey to me. I have had two rounds of unemployment. The first from 6/07 to 8/08 and only then could I get a p/t job at a grocery store after being a project coordinator for 6 yrs. and now the second round of unemployment 03/10 to present. The scariest part this time is my husband has joined me in the unemployment line.

    We have followed all the advise from creating a couple different resumes to exhausting all of our connections to getting networking through different types of media…a big fat 0. Between the two of us, we have probably submitted our resume 300 times and either we get an auto rejection or a recruiter that calls for a job that we are not qualified for and if you happen to get an interview, you get no response back or any feedback!!!!

    I am willing to cash in my 401K…payoff everything and start all over, but now it seems I can’t even get a entry level position that I REALLY do want!

  17. i agree with what some of this says , as for me i am looking to move on i have work for 21 years in Heavy Industry, I work 17 Yrs Steelmills 4 years Foundry worker at 45 with this many years i finding that even in this busness that with the exsperance i have im being look over for the younger worker who can be hired for less money or worker who work for less the job i work at know was told i was topt out at 13 doller a hour as a furnace Helper when in the 90 doing the same job i mad over 18.50 hour but lost this job due to over seas inports and missmangement of the copany so how do’s some one with this exsperance move on out of a dead end job when the money you take home dont even make it to home ? plesae feel free to contact me at ed_reidt@hotmail.com

  18. So the news is that there is no news? keep sending your resume to yet another HR blackhole? Keep contacting recruiters that know nothing about the position they are hiring for? Keep posting your resume only to be send a bombardment of bot calls and advertising emails for sales positions you are interested in?

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    Follow my blog, lets get someone to listen to us! We are being ignored and unheard. People that are employed are telling us how to be noticed??? They haven’t tried it have they?

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  26. … the worst thing – that noone tells how many are fiered. As what i see now – the high paid managers are fiered – and replaced by long time unemplyed people – who are absolutely skilled to do the job but are willing to do it for less money.

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