Employment continues slow expansion


According to CareerBuilder, using commissioned stats from Harris Interactive, there will be a modest increase in employment. Unfortunately, the biggest gains will be in temporary positions, but at least permanent hiring will remain stable.

Here are the base numbers:

* 44 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, on par with last year

* 25 percent plan to hire part-time employees, up from 21 percent last year

* 31 percent plan to hire temporary or contract workers, up from 21 percent last year

“Companies are adding more employees to keep pace with demand for their products and services, but they’re not rushing into a full-scale expansion of headcount in light of economic headwinds that still linger today,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “The projected surge in temporary hiring from July to December is evidence of both a growing confidence in the market and a recession-induced hesitation to immediately place more permanent hires on the books. However, the overall pace of permanent hiring is stronger today in various industries and geographies, and will continue on a path of gradual improvement for the remainder of the year.”

Hot job categories include:

* Jobs tied to mobile technology – 16 percent

* Jobs tied to cloud technology – 15 percent

* Jobs tied to social media – 13 percent

* Jobs tied to managing and interpreting big data – 12 percent

* Jobs tied to financial regulation – 10 percent

* Jobs tied to health informatics – 10 percent

* Jobs tied to cyber security – 9 percent

75% of companies in urban areas are looking to hire, and 39% in rural areas are on the hunt for fresh blood – and both statistics are on par with last year.

Regionally, the West is the top location for new jobs with 48% hiring, followed by the Midwest (46%), the Northeast (43%) and the South (42%).