Survey: Employment Outlook Improving

Dayton Business Journal

August 25, 2009

The employment outlook is improving, with more than half of employers saying they plan to hire full-time employees in the next 12 months, and 40 percent expecting to hire contract, temporary or project professionals, according to a survey by Robert Half International and CareerBuilder.

The report Employment Dynamics and Growth Expectations provides a look at the current employment situation, as well as the future hiring landscape.

Technology, customer service and sales are the top three areas where employers say they expect to hire. Four in 10 employers say they expect stimulus money will help create jobs in their organizations in the next two years.

Entry- and staff-level workers can expect to benefit the most, with 32 percent of hiring managers saying they plan to hire staff-level professionals and 28 percent planning to hire entry-level workers.

Despite high unemployment rates, employers continue to report having a hard time finding skilled professionals for open positions. They say that, on average, 44 percent of resumes they receive are from unqualified candidates. Forty-seven percent of hiring managers cited underqualified applicants as their most common hiring challenge, followed by the reluctance of qualified candidates to leave secure positions (22 percent).

Looking ahead, more than half of those employees polled said they plan to make a career change or go back to school once the economy recovers.

Nearly half of workers polled (49 percent) said that, after the economy improves, the most effective way to keep them will be pay increases, with 28 percent planning to ask for a raise.

The survey was conducted among more than 500 employers and more than 500 employees between April 30 and May 31.