U.S. Employment Outlook for 2015: Caution Gives Way to Confidence

More than one-third of employers expect to add full-time, regular employees in 2015, and hiring is up 12 percent over last year, according to a national survey conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder by Harris Poll from November 4 to December 2, 2014.

The percentages of employers hiring full-time, regular employees in information technology (54 percent), financial services (42 percent), manufacturing (41 percent) and health care (38 percent) are expected to outperform the national average.  Hiring for science, technology, engineering, and math occupations will continue to be strong, with 31 percent of hiring managers planning to create jobs in these areas over the next 12 months.  Salary increases, including raises for minimum-wage workers, are also on the agenda for hiring managers.

The top five areas for employers adding regular, full-time staff are sales (36 percent); customer service (33 percent); information technology (26 percent); production (26 percent); and administrative (22 percent).

Temporary and contract hiring is expected to pick up over the next 12 months as employers struggle to fill in-demand roles and strive to maintain more flexibility in their workforce.  Forty-six percent of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2015.  Of these employers, 56 percent plan to transition some temporary or contract workers into full-time, regular positions.

Additionally, according to the Randstad Macroeconomic Confidence Index, which measures employees’ confidence in the overall strength of the economy, workers expressed high confidence in their ability to find a new job and in the future of their current employer.  Jim Link, Chief HR Officer at Randstad North America stated, “We are pleased to see workers’ confidence levels soaring as a result of the economy having added at least 200,000 jobs for the last 10 consecutive months, the longest uninterrupted stretch at that level in more than three decades.”