Job Prospects to Remain Stable in Q4
How will the job market shape up for the remainder of 2013? It will look a lot like last year. One in four employers (25 percent) plan to add full-time, permanent headcount in the fourth quarter, relatively unchanged from Q4 2012 (26 percent). Industries expected to outpace the national average for companies hiring include Information Technology (36 percent), Financial Services (32 percent) and Manufacturing (30 percent). Hiring among large healthcare organizations1 is expected to mirror the national average.
The national survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive© from Aug. 13 to Sept. 6, 2013, and included a representative sample of 2,099 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.
Hiring By Region
Similar to previous surveys, the West remains the most optimistic 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 talent in Q4, but is still slightly ahead of the Northeast and Midwest.
- West – 29 percent plan to add full-time, permanent staff in Q4 compared to 31 percent last year; 9 percent expect to reduce headcount compared to 7 percent last year
- South – 24 percent plan to add full-time, permanent staff in Q4 compared to 28 percent last year; 9 percent expect to reduce headcount compared to 8 percent last year
- Northeast – 23 percent plan to add full-time, permanent staff in Q4 compared to 24 percent last year; those reducing headcount remained at 10 percent
- Midwest – 23 percent plan to add full-time, permanent staff in Q4, the same as last year; 11 percent expect to reduce headcount compared to 10 percent last year
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