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Survey: 80% to maintain or exceed hiring

February 15 2013

Eighty percent of U.S. employers surveyed expect their 2013 hiring will meet or exceed their rate of hiring in 2012, according to Yoh’s 2013 workforce trends study.

Of companies that plan to accelerate hiring in 2013, 83 percent expect to increase staffing levels by at least 3 percent. If realized, large companies would each add hundreds of new jobs in 2013, according to the report.

“The optimism evident in our 2013 workforce trends study is tempered by persistent economic uncertainty and operational efficiency that has reduced demand for workers,” said Yoh President Lori Schultz. “In addition, as the workforce grows more complex through, for example, the use of contract labor, a majority of organizations will be left flat-footed since they haven’t adjusted their workforce planning habits to account for this complexity. Organizations must scrutinize their workforce plans and design them to address the lingering economic uncertainty and increased complexity of the workforce. Now more than ever, systematic workforce planning will be crucial to quickly sourcing, recruiting, and hiring top performers.”

Organizations responded regarding dependency on contract labor. Of the 83 percent of responding organizations that will either maintain or increase dependency on contract labor, the following was reported.

  • Stay the same: 53 percent
  • Increase dramatically: 3 percent
  • Increase slightly: 26.7 percent
  • Decrease: 1.5 percent

The survey was conducted between Jan. 11 and Jan. 14, 2013, and included 150 HR executives and hiring managers at organizations with at least $750 million in revenue and 1,500 employees.

Yoh is a Philadelphia-based provider of technology staffing.

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