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Fewer U.S. employers plan to hire temporary staff in the second quarter of this year compared to the second quarter of 2012, according to CareerBuilder’s second-quarter 2012 U.S. job forecast released today.
The forecast’s survey found that 32 percent of employers plan to hire contract or temporary workers in the second quarter, down from 34 percent who said the same in the second quarter of last year.
However, 24 percent of employers plan to transition some contract or temporary staff into permanent employees in the second quarter, the same percent as last year.
Overall, 26 percent of employers plan to add full-time, permanent headcount in the second quarter. However, that’s down from 30 percent in the second quarter of last year.
“The U.S. job market is in a better place today, but concerns over spending cuts, wavering global economies and other factors are weighing on employers’ minds,” said CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson. “We expect continued stability and improvement as the year goes on. When we look at listings on CareerBuilder.com, job growth isn’t confined to technology and healthcare and other areas that have fared well post-recession. The rebound in the housing sector is having a positive influence on job creation for related industries that have been struggling.”
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,184 hiring managers and human resource professionals between Feb. 11 and March 6.