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Majority of U.S. Employers Plan to Hire Full-time Workers this Year, CareerBuilder Finds

Posted on July 13, 2017

More than 60% of U.S. employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the second half of 2017, a new report from staffing firm CareerBuilder finds.

Seventy two percent of HR managers are feeling pressure to pay workers more in a competitive market.

CareerBuilder’s 2017 Midyear Job Forecast, a nationwide study, reveals a significant year-over-year jump in the percentage of companies hiring full-time, part-time and temporary or contract workers from July 1 through December 31.

More than half of employers anticipate offering higher starting salaries for new employees and the majority indicates that bigger paychecks won't just be for high-skilled workers, they will extend to entry-level workers as well.

Midsize firms are leading the charge for hiring while small businesses show big year-over-year gains

CareerBuilder found that 60 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent workers, up from 50 percent last year. 36 percent of employers plan to hire part-time, permanent employees, up from 29 percent last year.

A full 46 percent of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers, up from 32 percent last year

Information technology (72 percent) is leading the industries hiring in the back half of the year, coming in 12 percentage points higher than the national average for plans to add full-time, permanent headcount.

Manufacturing (66 percent), health care1 (64 percent) and financial services (62 percent) are also expected to outperform the national average.