American companies expect to increase their temporary hiring in 2012, CareerBuilder said Thursday in a survey.
Thirty-six percent of companies will hire contract or temporary workers in 2012, up from 34 percent in 2011, 30 percent in 2010, and 28 percent in 2009, CareerBuilder said.
Of companies hiring temporary or contract workers this year, 35 percent plan to hire them on a permanent basis, the survey said.
Twenty seven percent of companies expect to hire temporary or contract workers in the first quarter, the survey said.
"Our studies have pointed to a rise in these positions post-recession as companies address growing market needs," Eric Gilpin, president of CareerBuilder's staffing and recruiting group, said. "Employers are relying on temporary and contract workers to support leaner staffs, and in many cases, will transition those workers to permanent roles."
Staffing and recruiting positions currently in demand:
Health care: Occupational and physical therapists, speech language pathologist.
Information technology: Java and .net developers, network engineer.
Office-clerical: Administrative assistant, customer service rep.
Professional-managerial: Business analyst, marketing assistant.
CareerBuilder also said last week in a different survey that 23 percent of employers surveyed planned to hire fulltime permanent employees in 2012, relatively unchanged from 24 percent for 2011 and up from 20 percent for 2010. Seven percent expected to decrease headcount, the same as for 2011 and an improvement from 9 percent in 2010.