Results from CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast survey for 2015 yielded some very positive news for job seekers in that employers will be hiring more for both full-time and part-time positions in the coming year. The survey also reveals coming trends in the workplace for 2015.
The top five (5) trends we can expect are as follows:
Increases in Minimum Wage
Forty-five percent (45%) of employers intend to raise the minimum wage at their company in 2015.
Small Businesses Will See Growth
Twenty-nine percent (29%) of small businesses (<250 employees) will grow in 2015 by adding full-time, permanent employees.
Tighter Education Criteria in Recruiting
Twenty-eight percent (28%) of companies will seek candidates with Master’s degrees to fill positions previously held by employees with 4-year degrees. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of companies will seek candidates with 4-year degrees to fill positions previously held by employees with high school diplomas.
Increases in Part-Time Hiring
Twenty-three percent (23%) of employers plan to recruit more part-time employees in 2015, up six points over 2014.
Down With Cubicles
While some employers still maintain that offices and conference rooms with walls create a quieter and more productive work environment, 13 percent of employers reported they will be moving to an open space floor plan in 2015 for a more collaborative workspace. This type of open floor plan will also save in construction costs when expanding.
The national survey was conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder by Harris Poll from November 4 to December 2, 2014 and included a representative sample of 2,192 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries