Hiring Should Hold Steady for Rest of 2013

Hiring Should Hold Steady for Rest of 2013

Hiring Should Hold Steady for Rest of 2013

Holding Steady  44% of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees—about the same percentage as last year.

We may never go back to the Golden Age of tech jobs, and those dot-com boom days now seem like a distant memory, but a healthy sense of employment stability is definitely settling in, according to the latest hiring forecast from CareerBuilder. U.S. companies indicate that their plans to hire full-time permanent staff for the remainder of 2013 are fairly consistent with those from a year ago, with a significant percentage of the firms planning to hire. As has been the case in the aftermath of the recession, demand for "hired guns" (temps and contract workers) continues to rise. So, for better or worse, welcome to the BYOB—be-your-own-boss—era. On the tech side, there are plenty of positive takeaways from this report, which indicates that demand is clearly building for professionals with expertise in mobile, cloud, social media, cyber-security, big data and other hot IT areas. All things considered, perhaps we should prefer this sort of "unspectacular but steady" pace compared to that dot-com glory period. After all, we all know how that story ended. More than 2,045 hiring managers and HR professionals took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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