A recent CareerBuilder survey brings welcome news on the annual job forecast for 2015. The survey, conducted by Harris Poll, included over 2,000 hiring mangers and HR professionals across all industries.
Survey results for 2015 are the best they have been since 2006.
- Thirty-six percent (36%) of employers are expecting to hire full-time employees in 2015. This represents a 12 percent increase over 2014.
- Salary increases, including raises for minimum wage employees, are also planned for 2015. Eighty-two percent (82%) of employers surveyed plan to increase compensation for current employees in 2015, while 64 percent plan to also increase starting salaries for new hires. These two factors alone will create a more competitive environment for recruiting efforts.
- Forty-six percent (46%) of employers plan to bring on contract or temporary employees to fill needs until full-time employees can be found. This is up 42 percent over 2014. Fifty-six percent (56%) of employers plan to transition existing temporary workers into full-time positions.
- Only 9 percent of employers surveyed were planning to decrease staffing levels in 2015, which is a 13 percent improvement over 2014’s 22 percent. Forty-eight percent (48%) of employers were not planning any major changes in hiring, while 8 percent of employers were not sure of their plans in that area.
- Thirty-one percent (31%) of employers surveyed intend to create jobs requiring science, technology, engineering or math skills, up 5 percent over 2014.
Positions that reflect revenue growth and customer loyalty will lead the way in job creation within these companies. Among employers planning to add full-time, permanent staff, the top five areas they are hiring for include:
- Sales - 36%
- Customer Service - 33%
- Information Technology - 26%
- Production - 26%
- Administrative - 22%
Emerging fields will also dominate new job creation. Examples include:
- Cloud, Mobile, or Search Technology
- Cyber Security
- Managing and Interpreting Big Data
- Alternative Energy Sources
This is all very good news, as it indicates a growing confidence in economic stability and sustainability by employers.