Steady employment growth expected in 2012: Survey

Information technology top hiring area
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 01/05/2012

For the third year in a row, an increased number of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees with a continued emphasis on hiring in technology and revenue-producing fields, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.

IT is the top functional area employers are recruiting for in 2012, with 37 per cent of the 292 HR professionals surveyed planning to add IT positions.

The top 10 functional areas for recruitment:
•Information technology (37 per cent)
•Administrative (32 per cent)
•Engineering (27 per cent)
•Accounting and finance (26 per cent)
•HR (24 per cent)
•Production (24 per cent)
•Customer service (24 per cent)
•Business development (23 per cent)
•Sales (22 per cent)
•Marketing (17 per cent)

"Even as the global economy continues to struggle, Canada is expected to add jobs at a steady pace in 2012," said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. "Our survey data and increases in job postings on CareerBuilder.ca indicate that companies will hire in functional areas that support the efficiency of their business, such as IT, engineering and administrative positions."

More than one-third (34 per cent) of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in 2012, up from 32 per cent for 2011 and 29 per cent for 2010, found the survey. Ten per cent plan to decrease headcount, on par with 11 per cent for 2011. Nearly one-half (48 per cent) anticipate no change in their staff levels while eight per cent are unsure.

Eighteen per cent of employers expect to hire part-time employees in the next 12 months, on par with 20 per cent for 2011 and 18 per cent for 2010, found the survey. Nine per cent plan to decrease part-time help, up slightly from seven per cent for 2011. Sixty-one per cent anticipate no change in their staff levels while 12 per cent are unsure.

Employers will be relying on interim solutions to help shoulder growing workloads. Two-thirds (66 per cent) of hiring managers reported they will hire contract or temporary workers to supplement leaner staffs in 2012, up slightly from 51 per cent for 2011. Seventeen per cent expect to add more than last year. Of those hiring contract or temporary workers, half expect to extend job offers for permanent placement in their companies, up from 42 per cent for 2011, found the survey.

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