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Expected Increase in Hiring, 2013 Salaries – OnlineBusinessDegrees.org

Employment projections for 2013 are expected to increase slightly from last year, though competition among jobs requiring skilled labor and those that pay more is expected to increase as well.

According to a CareerBuilder survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 26% of hiring managers plan to add full-time permanent employees this year, up from 23% in 2012.

The survey, which included responses from more than 2,600 hiring managers and human resource professionals and more than 3,900 workers, found that 9% plan to decrease headcount, 55% anticipate no change and 11% are unsure.

The hiring forecast for small businesses is similar:

  • Businesses with 50 employees or fewer – 19% plan to add full-time permanent staff in 2013, up from 16% in 2012; 6% plan to reduce headcount, up from 3% last year
  • Businesses with 250 employees or fewer – 24% plan to add full-time, permanent staff in 2013, up from 20% in 2012; 7% plan to reduce headcount, up from 4% last year
  • Businesses with 500 employees or fewer – 24% plan to add full-time permanent staff in 2013, up from 21% in 2012; 7% plan to reduce headcount, up from 4% last year

Jobs in sales and information technology top the list for positions companies plan to hire for in 2013, and these two positions also expect to see the biggest salary increases. Hiring managers also plan to recruit for business development (18%), accounting and finance (14%), and marketing (14%).

Another area the survey addresses is the skills gap, which is evident in fields such as information technology, where the demand for skilled positions is growing faster than the supply. The survey revealed that 19% of workers said they have been approached to work for another company in the last year when they didn’t apply for that position.

Additionally, 72% of employers plan to increase compensation for existing employees, up from 62% last year, while 47% will offer higher starting salaries for new employees, up 32% from last year. Thirty-nine percent of employers plan to train people who don’t have skills in their particular industry or field, and hire them for positions within their organizations.


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