Companies' hiring outlook brightens

The U.S. economy is, while not firing on all cylinders, at least speeding up. While overall wage rates remain stagnant, the labor market is adding more jobs.

Now a new survey by online job site CareerBuilder.com suggests that hiring for both part-time and full-time jobs should pick up during the second half of 2014.

The company polled nearly 2,200 hiring managers and human resource professional from a variety of industries and companies across the U.S. It found that 47 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees over the next six months, up from 44 percent in 2013.

Twenty-seven percent of those surveyed also said they plan to hire part-time employees, up from 25 percent last year, while a third of the respondents expect to hire temporary or contract workers, compared to 31 percent in 2013.

CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson says the survey indicates employers are feeling more economically confident compared to last year, especially when it comes to adding on new, permanent staff.

In 2013, "employers anticipated a spike in temporary employment in the second half of the year while permanent employment was to remain flat," he said in a statement.

Ferguson noted, however, that this new midyear forecast shows employers are expecting continued economic momentum. That in turn should leading to more hiring across many different job categories.

"Jobs will also be added in a variety of areas," he continued, "heavily favoring job-seekers with expertise in technology, financial operations, communications and other specialized fields."

According to the survey, the industries expected to see the most full-time hiring growth in the months ahead are information technology, financial services, hospitality, health care and manufacturing.

Asked what types of positions they expect to create within their companies over the next six months, 11 percent of employers said it would be for jobs tied to social media and mobile technology. Ten percent said they anticipated new positions linked to cloud technology and wellness, while nine percent mentioned web content strategy, as well as data interpretation and management.

Other areas where the surveyed employers said they expected to create jobs are in positions tied to cybersecurity, financial regulation, search technologies and health information.

  • Bruce Kennedy

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