Published July 16, 2013
Employees with tech skills and experience will be in high demand throughout the rest of the year, new research shows.
A study by CareerBuilder revealed that 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 and social media.
Specifically, 16% of employers will be adding mobile technology jobs while 15% plan to hire for jobs involving cloud technology. Additionally, more than 10% will be hiring for positions related to social media, and managing and interpreting big data.
Overall, U.S. workers can expect a stable employment environment throughout the rest of the year.
The study found that 44% of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees over the next six months, which is on a par with last year, while about 25% expect to hire part-time employees, up from 21% in 2012.
The research also projects an upswing in temporary jobs over the next several months. More than 30% of those surveyed plan to hire temporary or contract workers, a jump from 21% last year.
Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, said companies are adding more employees to keep pace with the demand for their products and services. However, they aren't rushing into a full-scale expansion of headcount in light of lingering economic headwinds.
"The projected surge in temporary hiring from July to December is evidence of both a growing confidence in the market and a recession-induced hesitation to immediately place more permanent hires on the books," Ferguson said. "However, the overall pace of permanent hiring is stronger today in various industries and geographies, and will continue on a path of gradual improvement for the remainder of the year."
The study shows that small businesses will lead the hiring charge. Nearly 35% of companies with fewer than 250 employees plan to add new full-time hires this year, up from 31% in 2012.
The study was based on surveys of more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resources professionals across a range of industries and company sizes.
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