More employers are planning to increase headcount in the next three months and fewer are planning to cut staff, according to the latest quarterly job forecast from CareerBuilder and USA TODAY. This is the third consecutive quarter that employer optimism has risen.
In the first quarter of 2010, 23 percent of companies surveyed added staff, up from 20 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009; another 23 percent plan to add full-time, permanent staff in the coming quarter.
The survey also pointed to some coming trends: 25 percent of employers plan to hire temporary help or contract workers, 24 percent plan to hire interns, and a third (33 percent) plan to hire bilingual staff.
Nearly one in ten employers (9 percent) plan to hire someone to focus specifically on social media.
The survey was conducted between February 10 to March 2 by Harris Interactive. More than 2,700 hiring managers and HR pros participated.