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Small Biz Hiring Forecast: FT Hiring Up

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According to the latest CareerBuilder employment survey, hiring in the next half of the year will be on par with 2010. While that is somewhat lukewarm news, it’s still better than a few years ago.

The survey also pointed out that independent contractors are the winners in the employment war.

Here's what’s new in FT/PT/contractor hiring:

  • Full-time: The number of small businesses planning to hire full-time, permanent employees from July through December rose six percentage points over last year.  As small companies gradually increase headcount, larger companies are hiring at a more accelerated pace. In companies with 50 or fewer employees, 20 percent are hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 14 percent last year.
  • Part-time: Pretty much the same as last year – with hiring in the 9-11 percent range.
  • Contract or Temporary: Sometimes it pays to be a contractor, as that seems to be a strong area for small businesses. Companies of all sizes are planning to increase their use of contract or temporary support to fill in employment gaps.
Also similar to last year's study, small businesses plan to hire those on the front lines with customers - that means the roles that drive innovation. Customer service, information technology and sales remain in the top three spots for recruitment in the second half of 2011, with administrative and business development rounding out the top five.
 
The bad news for a business owner is that more than one-third of small businesses (36 percent) believe their workers are already burned out, and owners are worried their workers will leave for better jobs. It's the way of the working world these days, but if you want to hold on to your employees, hire smarter. There's no reason why you can't attract good talent.
 
Read the rest of the survey here.

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