Although there are more and more indicators of an improved economy, a recent survey by job search site CareerBuilder is forecasting that 2012 won’t be much different than 2011 with less than a quarter of hiring managers planning to add to their staffs. Despite this, there was some degree of improved optimism in the report.
In its survey of more than 3,000 human resource and hiring professions, CareerBuilder found that 23% of respondents will add full-time, permanent staff in 2012 which is only down from 24% who said the same thing for 2011.
In addition, the survey found that 70% of companies either intend to maintain their staffs at the same size or are unsure of their hiring and layoff plans. Slightly more employers in the western part of the U.S. stated they would recruit new workers than in other regions of the country.
The CareerBuilder survey also reported and commented on voluntary employee turnover stating thatn employees voluntarily resigned at 34% of companies during 2011 with many complaining of low salaries and work overload. Also, the survey reported that 43% of hiring managers are concerned that top talent will resign.
Regarding pay increases, the survey reported that more than half of the employers are reporting that current workers will get pay increases in 2012 ( mostly in the 1% – 5% range), with new employees at 32% of companies getting higher starting salaries.
Overall, the report is showing that small businesses are more optimistic that the whole with more companies with fewer than 250 employees planning to add workers in 2012. 12.28.2011