Survey: 40 Percent of Employers to Hire in 2007By Deborah Rothberg | Posted 12-27-2006
Nearly one in 10 employers will hire more than of 500 new employees in 2007, according to a survey released by Chicago-based CareerBuilder.com on Dec. 26.
While more than one-third (36 percent) of employers expect to add 10 employees or fewer in 2007, 29 percent intend to hire more than 50, and 20 percent plan hire more than 100 new workers in 2007, according to the survey's results.
The most popular positions for recruiting will include health care (24 percent), administrative and clerical work (19 percent), sales (17 percent), accounting and financial operations (17 percent) and customer service (13 percent). Information technology will see a 13 percent uptick in recruitment activity, and engineering will see 9 percent.
"Recent reports from the U.S. Department of Labor support a sense in the market that the economy is slowing at a gradual, reasonable pace and inflation has steadied," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.com.
"This bodes well for job creation as economists and employers alike predict a moderated, yet stable, hiring environment to carry over into the new year. Forty percent of hiring managers and human resource professionals surveyed report they will increase their number of full-time, permanent employees in 2007, compared to 2006. Eight percent expect to decrease headcount, while 40 percent expect no change. Twelve percent are unsure."
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