As Canada moves into the second half of the year, many employers are seeking to increase headcount. More than one-half (56 per cent) of hiring managers have plans to hire full-time, permanent staff, up from 48 per cent this time last year, and 40 per cent in 2012.
Additionally, 50 per cent expect to hire contract or temporary workers, this figure was 42 per cent in 2013. 36 per cent of employers said they’ll be hiring part-time employees.
“The Canadian economy remains healthy, with employers adding jobs over the past several years and continuing to look to increase headcount in the back half of 2014,” said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. He added that with employers looking to fill a wide variety of positions this growth will be felt across industries and company sizes.
Most workers don’t plan on leaving their current employer and 26 per cent said they are likely to change jobs in the next 12 months, a decrease of four per cent from last year, found a survey of 431 hiring managers and HR professionals and 422 workers.
Top areas for hiring
The top functional areas for which businesses plan to hire in the second half of 2014 include:
• information technology (34 per cent)
• customer service (29 per cent)
• sales (22 per cent)
• production (21 per cent)
• accounting/finance (17 per cent)
• marketing (17 per cent)
• research and development (15 per cent)
Emerging skill sets
When asked to identify specific areas their organizations plan to hire for in the second half of 2014, employers pointed to jobs tied to:
•cloud technology (21 per cent)
• mobile technology (16 per cent)
• search technology (14 per cent)
• cyber security (14 per cent)
• health informatics (13 per cent)
• wellness (13 per cent)
• social media (13 per cent)
• financial regulation (13 per cent)
• managing and interpreting Big Data (12 per cent)
• global relations (11 per cent)
• content strategy for the web (10 per cent).
Source: HR Reporter