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Express: North American Hiring Steady

October 10 2011

Hiring will remain steady throughout the U.S. and Canada for administrative and commercial jobs, according to results of a hiring trends survey released by Express Employment Professionals last week.

Hiring trends in all regions will be greatest in commercial and light industrial, with 32 percent of respondents planning new hires, while 28 percent anticipate adding administrative and office clerical staff. Thirty-two percent of respondents plan to fill positions in “other” sectors, which include healthcare, customer service, food service, general labor, sales and more.

Additionally, 14 percent of respondents plan to hire for engineering positions, 13 percent plan to add marketing jobs, 10 percent plan to hire for accounting and finance positions, and 9 percent have plans to hire information technology specialists.

“Survey results of those who responded indicate that 80 percent of companies plan to hire one to three people across all business sectors during the fourth quarter, a 13 percent increase from the third quarter,” said Express President and CEO Robert Funk.

Meanwhile, companies report it is becoming easier to find talent. Half of the respondents believe it is “somewhat easy” to “very easy” to recruit and fill positions, an increase of three percent compared to the previous quarter. Employee referrals, online job boards and staffing firms remain the top three recruiting resources for companies.

Express surveyed more than 17,000 current and former clients across the U.S. and Canada.

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