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Many Employers Looking for New Hires in 2007

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By Christina Orlovsky, senior writer

New Year, new job, may be the new motto for many professionals in 2007. A recent survey by CareerBuilder.com found that 40 percent of U.S. employers plan to add positions in the next 12 months.

The 2007 Job Forecast survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the online job site queried 2,627 hiring managers and human resources professionals in private-sector companies to determine their projected hiring trends for the upcoming year. Results demonstrated that 40 percent of respondents intend to increase their number of full-time, permanent positions this year, as compared to last year. Thirty-six percent intend to do so within the next three months.

Only 8 percent of respondents expect to cut jobs, while 40 percent plan to remain the same.

Among those organizations that intend to add positions, 20 percent plan to hire more than 100 employees; nearly one-third (29 percent) are seeking more than 50 new hires and 36 percent are looking to hire 10 or fewer employees.

The recent projections are welcome news for job seekers in 2007, particularly those seeking a career in the health care industry, which is at the top of the list for job recruitment. Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of the professionals that will be recruited this year will be in a health care field.

The areas of the country that will remain most active in recruitment are the South and the West, with 44 percent of employers in the South and 41 percent of employers in the West looking to increase their staff. The Midwest and the Northeast followed with 38 and 36 percent, respectively.

The CareerBuilder.com survey also identified a number of hiring trends for the upcoming year related to salary, flexible scheduling and retiree retention.

Professionals seeking greater pay this year are in luck, as 81 percent of surveyed employers reported plans to increase salaries for existing employees in 2007, with the majority (65 percent) aiming to raise pay by 3 percent and nearly 20 percent increasing pay by 5 percent or more. New hires can also expect an increased first-time salary, as 49 percent of respondents reported that they will raise the salary on initial job offers.

Identifying the importance of flexible scheduling for professionals in all industries, the survey also asked recruiters about their willingness to provide flexible arrangements to new hires. While 31 percent of respondents said they were “fairly willing,” nearly one-fifth said they were “very” or “extremely” willing to offer such arrangements as job sharing or alternate scheduling.

Additionally, recognizing that the Baby Boomer generation is at or approaching retirement age, companies are also focusing on strategies to retain or rehire retired workers. Twenty percent of employers surveyed said they intend to rehire retirees from other companies or offer incentives to retain workers nearing retirement.

For more information, visit CareerBuilder.com.

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