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Survey: Expect Further Hiring Increases in 2006

Tuesday, 27 December 2005 12:00 AM

CareerBuilder.com, the nation's largest online job site with more than 20 million visitors and over 1 million jobs, released the results of its annual survey tracking projected recruitment and job search activities for the coming year.

The survey was conducted from November 15 to December 6, 2005 of more than 2,050 workers, including 1,000 hiring managers primarily operating in services industries.

"Despite record energy costs and the destruction caused by hurricanes and other disasters in the U.S., the nation's economy has managed to expand at a healthy pace and is paving the way for a sturdy job market in 2006," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.com.

"Fifty-four percent of hiring managers surveyed by CareerBuilder.com say they will increase their staffs in the coming year while only 9 percent will decrease them. After creating over 2 million jobs in 2005, the U.S. is expected to add 2 million more in 2006, according to economist estimates."

Twenty percent of hiring managers say they will recruit in bulk, expecting to add more than 50 new employees to their staffs in 2006. One-in-ten will recruit more than 100 employees. Forty-three percent expect to add 10 employees or less. The majority of these hiring managers say most of their recruitment activity will take place during the first half of the year.

Customer service is the number one position hiring managers say they will be recruiting for in 2006. Other popular positions include sales, retail, information technology, accounting/finance and healthcare.

In terms of job level, 30 percent of hiring managers will be targeting professional/technical staff most aggressively while 19 percent will be targeting administrative/clerical workers and 8 percent will be targeting upper management.

Although solid hiring is expected across all regions, employers in the South and West are slightly more optimistic about their recruitment plans for 2006. Fifty-five percent of hiring managers in these regions expect to increase headcount followed by 53 percent in the Midwest and 50 percent in the Northeast.

"Job satisfaction levels have improved significantly compared to this time last year as employers step up employee retention efforts in the face of an increasingly competitive labor market," said Ferguson. "However, nearly three-in-ten workers still say they plan to look for new opportunities in 2006 and 41 percent plan to leave the companies by the end of 2007."

Some Highlights:

On a positive note, workers are voicing increased satisfaction with career advancement opportunities, training and development programs and the performance of their corporate leaders.

While the West is one of the leaders in plans to add jobs in 2006, it is also the leader in plans to change jobs. Twenty-nine percent of workers in the West expect to leave their current positions in 2006, followed by 28 percent in the Northeast and Midwest and 27 percent in the South.

Retail workers report the highest incidence of plans to change jobs in 2006 with 35 percent expecting to leave their current positions. Sales and information technology workers tied for second with 33 percent anticipating a job change followed by 32 percent of hospitality and accounting/finance workers. Healthcare and government workers are the least likely to leave their jobs with respective amounts of 25 percent and 17 percent.

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