December 26, 2006 10:27 AM PST

New Year's resolution: Hire more people

Most U.S. companies will either boost or maintain their employee counts in the coming year, according to results released Tuesday of a survey led by online job site CareerBuilder.com.

About 40 percent of some 2,600 hiring managers surveyed said they plan to increase their number of full-time, permanent employees in 2007. Another 40 percent expect no change in their head counts, and 8 percent are expecting job eliminations, according to the survey, conducted from November 17 to December 11.

Of the jobs for which employers will be recruiting, about 13 percent will be in information technology, the survey said.

"Of the tech recruiters surveyed, 48 percent said they would be adding positions in 2007, 10 percent said they would be decreasing posts, and the remaining said they were unsure or expected no change," said CareerBuilder spokeswoman Jennifer Sullivan.

More recruiting is expected in the areas of health care (24 percent), administration and clerical work (19 percent), sales (17 percent), and accounting and finance (17 percent). That sector breakdown is on par with previous surveys, according to CareerBuilder. The full report, conducted by Harris Interactive, was not immediately available.

The survey results also mesh with recent U.S. Department of Labor reports that the market is slowing at a gradual, reasonable pace and that inflation has steadied, CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson said in a statement.

"This bodes well for job creation as economists and employers alike predict a moderated, yet stable, hiring environment to carry over into the New Year," he said.

But while a modest recovery might be starting, when it comes to the technology sector, have claims of a rebound been exaggerated?

"The tech sector, most notably, is suffering from the longest jobless recovery since World War II, having lost more than 400,000 jobs since the start of the March 2001 recession," Marcus Courtney, president of the WashTech/CWA union of high-tech workers, wrote in a July CNET News.com column, adding that the recession officially ended in November of that year. But, Courtney wrote, "according to a recent study prepared by the University of Illinois at Chicago's Center for Urban Economic Development, only 76,300 new IT jobs were created nationwide during the last three years. That's less than one quarter of the number of tech jobs lost earlier in the decade." ("Information Technology Labor Markets: Rebounding, but Slowly.")

Other 2007 trends predicted by the CareerBuilder survey include: bigger paychecks (81 percent of employers report their companies will increase salaries for existing employees); more flexible work arrangements (half of employers say they are either extremely or fairly willing to provide job sharing or other alternate schedules); and more overseas hiring, particularly in China and India.

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Posted by donhyrum (3 comments )
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Re: 75% of Work Force is .....
If you're an American citizen and in IT, one thing you know is as soon as you complete a software project or bring a hardware system on-line, you and your department are history the next time the CEO or CIO wants a pay raise or bonus.

Its more fun to leave before they are prepared for it so you can listen to the sputtering about "loyalty" and "don't you care about us?" from the other side of the fence, especially if you conclude your exit interview with "its just business".
Posted by missingamerica (6147 comments )
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New Year's Resolution: Hire more people
I think America took a major step backward with the onset of the Fair Trade Agreement. It's not a case of hiring more people, so much as it's about bringing back these tech jobs that've gone out of the country. I know that one all-too-well: The company I worked for from 1985 to 1995 - and which I'd intended to work for until AT LEAST 2005 - up and flew the coop overseas, leaving many of us out of jobs, and those who stayed on were reduced to being consultants. Here's a thought: How about pressuring the government - letters to Senators, Congressmen, Governors, Mayors, etc. - to take a serious look at what downsizing and it's evil-twin outsourcing (as in jobs going overseas)has done to the fabric of this once great nation. So, hand-in-hand with hiring more people should be the return of jobs to America so the hiring can occur in the first place!
Does this sound reasonable? I'm all for every country on the face of this globe to grow, develop, and prosper; surely this is "of God". But let's keep in mind that charity still is most effective when it's started close to home.
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New year's resolution: Hire better quality people
1. Stop offshoring. We all know that you get what you pay for. Anybody who tells you that you get well-educated english-speaking people in India or China is full of crap. This trend is killing American companies (like Dell -- wake up you morons, the reason that people aren't coming back to you is that they've all seen the quality of your products and support take a sharp nose dive).

2. Invest in training and retaining staff.

3. You get quality work from your staff by treating them with respect.

4. You get loyalty from your staff by being loyal to them.

These premises seem so self-evident; it's amazing that 99% of American corporations don't follow them.
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