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Hiring Outlook for the Second Quarter Similar to Pre-Recession, CareerBuilder’s Survey Finds

PRNewswire (04/05/12)

Hiring plans in the U.S. are getting back to prerecession levels, according to ASA corporate partner CareerBuilder’s latest nationwide survey. One-third of employers added full-time, permanent employees in the first quarter of this year, on par with 2007 and the highest increase reported since the recession began. The momentum is expected to continue with 30% of employers planning to add new full-time, permanent staff in April through June.

“We have moved from an anemic job market to one that is stable and growing,” says Matt Ferguson, chief executive officer of CareerBuilder. “While still cautious, employers are feeling better about the state of the U.S. economy and the debt situation in Europe. Forty-one percent of companies reported their sales have increased over the last six months, which is helping to fuel greater confidence in hiring.”

The study also showed there is increased competition for talent among employers. Of employers that recruited for positions in the last year, 56% reported that a candidate rejected a job offer from their organization. Forty-one percent of those attributed the rejection to their inability to provide the candidate’s desired salary, while 22% said they didn’t offer the position quickly enough and the candidate was already hired somewhere else.