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Recruiters and hiring managers foresee a solid hiring picture for the first six months of 2012, according to a national survey conducted by Dice Holdings Inc. (NYSE: DHX), released Monday.
Nearly half (47 percent) of hiring managers and recruiters say they plan additional hiring during the first half of 2012.
Forty-three percent of hiring professionals say the economy has not changed their companies’ and clients’ hiring plans, while 21 percent are increasing hiring, indicating their view on the economy is more constructive. Another 30 percent report having adjusted their hiring plans downward due to the economy.
Meanwhile, just 15 percent said layoffs were possible in the first six months of 2012, up slightly from the 12 percent who said so for the second half of 2011. Only 40 percent predicted an increase in quits in 2012, compared with 48 percent in the prior survey.
“With so much uncertainty in the air when it comes to the economy and job creation, it’s a surprisingly positive sign that nearly half of respondents are optimistic about hiring at the start of 2012,” said Scot Melland, chairman, president and CEO of Dice Holdings. “Although modest in size, we’ve added private-sector jobs for 20 months now, and that modest job growth looks set to continue. We need to focus on removing any hurdles that impede companies from investing in America’s talent.”
More than 1,000 U.S. hiring professionals participated in the survey, conducted on November.