More employers plan to hire in 2011

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As each year winds down and the dropping of the Times Square ball gets closer, you can’t help but be a little reflective. Best-of lists that populate every blog and newspaper—ahem–and most of December seems to be about looking back rather than looking ahead. But once we get to the new year, that all changes and we make resolutions and predictions. We’re going to lose 10 pounds. We’re going to clean out the garage. We’re going to be more financial responsible. We’re going to get a new job.

Wait, a new job? Can we do that in 2011?

According to CareerBuilder’s 2011 Job Forecast, yes. The survey of more than 2,400 hiring managers and HR professionals found 24 percent of employers intend to hire full-time, permanent employees in 2011. That’s an increase from 20 percent in 2010 and 14 percent in 2009. Meanwhile, only 7 percent intend to decrease headcount, which is a stark contrast to the 16 percent who said so in 2009.

Part-time hiring continues to improve at a gradual pace. Thirteen percent of surveyed employers will hire part-time employees in the coming year, and only 5 percent intend to decrease part-time headcount.

What to expect

If finding a new job in 2011 is among your priorities, you probably have two questions:  First, who’s hiring? Second, how much will I earn?

To that first question, look to contract and temporary hiring as the most likely avenues for employment, 34 percent of hiring managers will hire temporary workers this year. Employers turn to contract and temporary hiring because they don’t need employers to work on permanent, full-time projects at present. Plus, there are HR-related issues (such as limiting headcount) that are avoided with temp workers. One of the benefits to temporary and contract work is that it offers employees a glimpse of that organization’s culture without having to commit to a full-time position. Also, it is one way to earn some valuable face time with that employer and be at the top of his or her list when a full-time position does open.

Now, when it comes to paychecks, expect to see the same caution from employers. Because of increasing responsibility and demands beings placed on workers, 41 percent of employers worry that their best talent will quit once the economy improves. Therefore, 61 percent of employers intend to increase pay for existing staff in the coming year, but the average raise will be 3 percent or less.

For job seekers, the good news is that 31 percent of employers will provide higher initial job offers to candidates than they have in the past, the majority of those offers will only be 1 to 3 percent higher.

Where to look

So now that you know what to expect, you probably want to know where to look. Geographically speaking, the West leads all regions, with 26 percent of hiring managers in that area planning to hire full-time, permanent employees. However, the other three regions aren’t far behind, with 24 percent of Northeastern employers planning to do so the same, and 23 percent in both the Midwest and South.

Where you do see more difference in hiring is in the industry breakdown. Of employers who are hiring, 27 percent will be hiring because they intend to focus on their customers and improving business. Information technology and customer service trail only by 1 and 2 percent, respectively. Rounding out the top five industries for hire in 2011 are engineer and technology.

Click here for a look at the full CareerBuilder 2011 Job Forecast and for a summary of the findings click here.

Let us know what your thoughts are on finding a new job in 2011. What are your plans for the year? Do you think you’ll have better luck than in 2010?

58 Comments
  1. This Feb. I’ll be out of work for a year with no luck yet. I am all over the net and still nothing. I’ve lowered my rate but my experience and age is holding me back. What to do?? My UI will run out and if I don’t qualify for the extension I am lost. What to do?? Agency’s are just recuiting and I’ve changed on what to look for even pt jobs but still no takers. Getting stressed and worried. HELP!!!

    • Terry,

      Search for “SharedMall” on news.yahoo.com. The article talks about new job opportunities enabled across the nation. Alternately, click on my name and find the same press release under the ‘Press’ tab.

      Good luck!

  2. Hi ,

    If you have IT experiance or anything to do with manufacturing and open to relocation , why dont you try in India .All big companies are hiring westerners at decent salaries and perks. you can save more than in US and you get things very cheap expect for maybe high end medical services. if you are in IT you can easily get a good job in India .

  3. I guess you forgot to mention that those jobs are all overseas. The other thing you forgot to mention is that nobody over 40 need apply.

    They tell you to start over, but prevent you when you try to do so by saying your “overqualified.” (which ain’t true unless you hold an engineering degree from MIT).

    They tell you to forget your old “field” of work. Again, when you try to do so, nothing seems more strange to these deluded hiring managers.

    Torches and Pitchforks anyone?

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