Survey Identifies Hiring Trends For 2014 Including Increased Part-Time Jobs, More Paid Training And More On-Shoring

Based on a survey of 2,201 hiring managers and human resource professionals ((employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) between November 6 and December 2, 2013)  conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder, a number of hiring trends for 2014 have been identified:

  • Part-time hiring will increase:  17% of employers expect to recruit part-time workers over the next 12 months, up 3 percentage points over last year.
  • More companies are bringing jobs back to the U.S.:  23% of companies who offshore jobs said they brought some of those jobs back to the U.S. in 2013; 26% plan to “on-shore” jobs in 2014.
  • Hard-to-fill skills: Half of human resource managers surveyed said they currently have positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates.  46% said these positions go unfilled for three months or longer.
  • Increased employee training: 49% of employers plan to train people who don’t have experience in their industry or field and hire them in 2014, up 10 percentage points over last year.  26% of employers are sending current employees back to school to get an advanced degree – and paying for all or part of the cost.
  • Recruiting at high schools: 27% of hiring managers have promoted careers and their employer brand to high school students or, in some cases, even younger; 25% plan to do so in 2014.

For those companies that are planning to add new staff, CareerBuilder reports sales and technology positions are the jobs they will be trying to fill most. 30% of hiring managers plan to recruit full-time, permanent employees for sales positions, while 29% will do the same for information technology jobs. Surveyed employers expect to see the biggest salary increases for these positions.

Other positions that are expected to see significant hiring in 2014:

Hiring managers plan to recruit full-time, permanent employees for:

  • Customer Service – 25%
  • Production – 24%
  • Administrative – 22%
  • Engineering – 17%
  • Marketing – 17%
  • Business Development – 17%
  • Accounting/Finance – 15%
  • Research/Development – 13%
  • Human Resources – 10%

By region, the survey indicated the West will have the most hiring activity, while the Midwest expects the most downsizing across the country. The Northeast indicated a year-over-year increase in the number of employers expecting to add full-time, permanent staff, while the South reported the biggest year-over-year decline.

  • West – 26% plan to add full-time, permanent staff in 2014, down from 28% in 2013; 11% plan to reduce headcount, up from 9% last year.
  • Northeast – 24% plan to add full-time, permanent staff in 201, up slightly from 23% in 2013; 13% plan to reduce headcount, up from 10% last year.
  • Midwest – 24% plan to add full-time, permanent staff in 2014, on par with 2013; 15% plan to reduce headcount, up from 10% last year.
  • South – 22% plan to add full-time, permanent staff in 2014, down from 27% in 2013; 12% plan to reduce headcount, up from 9% last year.

CareerBuilder reports, “Compensation is becoming more competitive for specialized labor with 26% of employers planning to raise starting salaries for high-skill roles in 2014.  Looking across positions within an organization, 73% of employers plan to increase compensation for existing employees — on par with last year — while 49% will offer higher starting salaries for new employees — up from 47% last year. Most increases will be 3% or less.

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