Nearly a Third of Workers Plan to Change Jobs

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By Genevieve Douglas

July 14 — Workers are seeking to take advantage of a labor market that has produced an average 245,000 jobs monthly over the past year, as nearly three in 10 employees plan to change jobs in the next 12 months, according to CareerBuilder’s “Midyear U.S. Job Forecast,” released July 9.

“With 29 percent of workers planning to change jobs this year (up from 25 percent who said the same last year), workers are clearly becoming more confident about their job prospects—and for good reason, as employers’ hiring plans are also on the upswing,” Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, told Bloomberg BNA in a July 14 e-mail.

The jobs forecast found that about half (49 percent) of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the second half of 2015, up from 47 percent last year. Twenty-eight percent plan to hire part-time employees in the second half of 2015, up from 27 percent last year, according to the survey, and 34 percent plan to hire temporary or contract workers in the second half of 2015, up from 33 percent last year.

“What these findings tell us is that, while employers are making plans to bring in new talent, they may also need to work harder to retain their current employees,” Haefner said. “That may translate into [greater] investments in compensation, flexible work arrangements and employee development.”

The research, which was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from May 14 to June 3, included representative samples of 2,321 hiring and human resources managers and 3,321 full-time U.S. workers across industries and company sizes.

Hot Industries, Jobs, Regions for Hiring

Among the industries expected to outperform the national average for full-time, permanent hiring in the second half of 2015, the CareerBuilder survey found, are information technology (56 percent plan to hire), health care (56 percent), hospitality (54 percent), financial services (52 percent), manufacturing (52 percent) and retail (50 percent).

Some of the in-demand jobs employers will be recruiting for include those tied to mobile, search or cloud technology; cyber security; social media; wellness; financial regulation; managing and interpreting big data; content strategy for the Web; alternative energy sources; and robotics, according to the forecast.

When it comes to geographic areas, the Northeast had the biggest increase in the percentage of employers planning to add full-time, permanent employees in the next six months (52 percent, up from 48 percent in 2014), followed by the South (49 percent, up from 48 percent last year); Midwest (46 percent, on par with last year); and West (46 percent, down from 47 percent last year).

To contact the reporter on this story: Genevieve Douglas in Washington at gdouglas@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Simon Nadel at snadel@bna.com

Text of the report is available at http://static.advice-and-resources.cbcortex.com/media/attachments/000/000/995/original/BRO-0157_PR_Q3_FA.pdf?1436370957.