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More companies will hire temporary and contract workers in 2013, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder. It found that 40 percent of employers plan to bring in temporary and contract workers next year, up from 36 percent in last year’s survey and 34 percent in the survey from two years ago.
In addition, 42 percent of employers plan to transition some temporary workers into full-time, permanent employees over the next 12 months.
Employers also plan to increase hiring of full-time permanent employees with 26 percent saying they plan to increase hiring in 2013, up from 23 percent in 2012 and 24 percent in 2011.
The survey also charted three trends to watch in 2013:
- Employers scouting talent at other organizations: Nineteen percent of workers reported they have been approached to work for another company in the last year when they didn’t apply for a position with that organization. Sales workers were the most likely to report being courted with 33 percent saying they were contacted. Professional and business services workers came next with 31 percent saying they were contacted.
- More employers willing to increase compensation: Seventy-two percent of employers plan to increase compensation for existing employees — up from 62 percent last year — while 47 percent will offer higher starting salaries for new employees — up significantly from 32 percent last year. Most increases will be 3 percent or less.
- Employers creating the right candidate instead of waiting for one: Thirty-nine percent plan to train people who don’t have experience in their particular industry or field and hire them for positions within their organizations, up from 38 percent last year.
The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,611 hiring managers and human resource professionals and 3,991 workers. The survey was conducted in the month of November.