Hiring expected to continue steady pace through 2014

56 per cent of employers plan to increase full-time headcount: Survey
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/14/2014

As we move into the second half of the year, many Canadian employers are looking to add headcount. More than one-half (56 per cent) of hiring managers have plans to hire full-time, permanent staff, up from 48 per cent this time last year, and 40 per cent in 2012.

Additionally, 50 per cent expect to hire contract or temporary workers — up from 42 per cent last year — and 36 per cent said they’ll be hiring part-time employees.

“The Canadian economy remains healthy, with employers adding jobs over the past several years and continuing to look to increase headcount in the back half of 2014,” said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. “This growth will likely be felt across industries and company sizes, with employers looking to fill a wide variety of positions.”

Most workers don’t plan on leaving their current employer — 26 per cent said they are likely or very likely to change jobs in the next 12 months, down four percentage points from this time last year, found the survey of 431 hiring managers and HR professionals and 422 workers.

Top areas for hiring

The top functional areas for which businesses plan to hire in the second half of 2014 include:

•information technology (34 per cent)

•customer service (29 per cent)

•sales (22 per cent)

•production (21 per cent)

•accounting/finance (17 per cent)

•marketing (17 per cent)

•research and development (15 per cent)

Emerging skill sets

When asked to identify specific areas their organizations plan to hire for in the second half of 2014, employers pointed to jobs tied to:

•cloud technology (21 per cent)

•mobile technology (16 per cent)

•search technology (14 per cent)

•cyber security (14 per cent)

•health informatics (13 per cent)

•wellness (13 per cent)

•social media (13 per cent)

•financial regulation (13 per cent)

•managing and interpreting Big Data (12 per cent)

•global relations (11 per cent)

•content strategy for the web (10 per cent).

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