East-North Central states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin), where 13% of execs plan to add staff.
The long jobs recession grinds on, but staffing increases should substantially outnumber cutbacks for the remainder of the year, according to a survey from Robert Half International. Optimism is notably higher than it was in mid-year, lending hope that the momentum will carry into 2012. Another encouraging wrinkle: The chase for quality recruits is getting more competitive. Translation: If you’re good, you have more bargaining power for compensation, perks and/or a higher professional profile. “As opportunities expand for top talent, businesses are taking steps to ensure they are seen as an employer of choice,” says Brett Good, a senior district president for Robert Half. “For example, to provide relief from heavy workloads that have built up in recent years, more companies are bringing in temporary and project professionals, as well as making targeted full-time hires.” More than 4,000 C-level executives and industry leaders took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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