IT, Financial and Manufacturing Lead In The U.S. For Expected Hiring In Q4/2013

25% of all U.S. employers plan to add new full-time employees in the Q4/2013, relatively unchanged from Q4 2012 (26%) according to a new national survey of 2,099 hiring managers and human resource professionals (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) from across a variety of industries and company sizes. The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive  from Aug. 13 to Sept. 6, 2013 on behalf of Careerbuilder.com. 9% expect to downsize staffs, the same as last year.  61% percent anticipate no change and five percent are undecided.

Industries expected to outpace the national average for companies hiring include Information Technology (36%), Financial Services (32%) and Manufacturing (30%). Hiring among large healthcare organizations (defined as those with 50 employees or more) is expected to hold at the national average.

28% of employers added full-time, permanent headcount in the 3Q/2013.  This is down from 32% last year.  11% decreased headcount, compared to 12% in 2012.  60% made no change to staff levels while 1% were unsure.

32% of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers in the 4Q/2013, relatively unchanged from 33% last year.  22% reported that they will transition some temporary or contract staff into permanent employees before the end of the year.

Although small businesses continue to trail large organizations in the percentage of employers hiring, recruitment activity among companies of all sizes will remain relatively steady over the next three months.

  • 50 or fewer employees – 15% plan to add full-time, permanent staff in Q4/2013 compared to 16% last year; 8% expect to reduce headcount compared to 7% last year.
  • 250 or fewer employees – 18% plan to add full-time, permanent staff in Q4/2013 compared to 20% last year; 9% expect to reduce headcount compared to 8% last year.
  • 500 or fewer employees – 20% plan to add full-time, permanent staff in Q4/2013 compared to 21% last year; 9% expect to reduce headcount compared to 8% last year.
  • More than 500 employees – 32% plan to add full-time, permanent staff in Q4/2013 compared to 34% last year; 11% expect to reduce headcount compared to 9% last year.

The West remains the highest growth area in terms of hiring plans.  The South saw the largest year-over-year decrease (four percentage points) in the number of employers expecting to recruit new empolyees in Q4/2013, but is still slightly ahead of the Northeast and Midwest.

  • West – 29% plan to add full-time, permanent staff in Q4/2013 compared to 31% last year; 9% expect to reduce headcount compared to 7% last year.
  • South – 24% plan to add full-time, permanent staff in Q4/2013 compared to 28% last year; 9% expect to reduce headcount compared to 8% last year.
  • Northeast – 23% plan to add full-time, permanent staff in Q4/2013 compared to 24% last year; those reducing headcount remained at 10%.
  • Midwest – 23% plan to add full-time, permanent staff in Q4/2013, the same as last year; 11% expect to reduce headcount compared to 10%  last year.

Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding. Percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 2,099, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 2.14 percentage points.  Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

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