More employers project they’ll increase headcount in the next three months, while fewer employers expect cutbacks, the third straight quarter for this trend, CareerBuilder and USA Today said Thursday in their regular nationwide survey.
* First quarter: 23 percent of employers surveyed said they increased fulltime, permanent staff in the first quarter, up from 13 percent in the same period in 2009. Twelve percent cut headcount, down from 26 percent the prior year’s quarter and 13 percent in the fourth quarter. Sixty four percent of employers reported no change in fulltimers.
* Second quarter: 23 percent of employers said they planned to add fulltime, permanent staff in the second quarter, while 8 percent plan to cut staff. Sixty four percent expect no change. In the second quarter last year, 18 percent of employers reported they hired fulltime staff, while 17 percent reported they cut staff.
What to expect for 2010:
* Temps and contract workers: 25 percent of employers expect to hire contract workers or freelancers in the second quarter. Thirteen percent said they’re likely to hire these workers on a permanent basis, CareerBuilder and USA Today said.
* Internships: Twenty four percent of employers surveyed said they’ll hire interns at their locations in the second quarter.
* Social media hiring: Nine percent of employers surveyed said they planned to hire a new employee in the second quarter to focus on social media. Thirteen percent said they planned to add social media management to an employee’s duties.
* Bilingual hiring: Thirty three percent of employers said they plan to hire bilingual employees in the second quarter. Fifty percent said they’d be more inclined to hire a bilingual candidate, if faced with two equally qualified candidates.
* Low-performers get the gate: 28 percent of employers said they plan to replace lower-performing employees with higher performers in the second quarter.
* Keeping talent: 32 percent of employers are worried some top employees may leave their organizations in the next few months, as the economy improves.
“To help retain workers, 14 percent are offering more flexible work arrangements, 14 percent are investing more in training, 10 percent are promising future raises or promotions and 9 percent are offering more performance-based incentives such as trips and bonuses. Another 5 percent are providing a higher title without the salary.”
Hiring by region:
* Northeast U.S.: 26 percent of employers said they expect to add fulltime workers in the second quarter. Ten percent expect to trim staff.
* West: 25 percent of employers expect to add fulltime workers. Seven percent expect to trim staff.
* South: 21 percent of employers expect to add fulltime workers. Seven percent expect to trim staff.
* Midwest: 20 percent expect to add fulltime workers. Eight percent expect to trim staff.
* Forty seven percent of employers expect no change in compensation levels in the second quarter. Thirty seven percent expect an increase of 3 percent or less.
Who was surveyed: 2,778 hiring managers surveyed online by Harris Interactive.
- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram