The job outlook is forecasted to change tremendously in the coming year, and in ways most would not expect. Temporary employment is on the rise.
According to a recent CareerBuilder survey conducted at the end of 2014, 36% of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in 2015, a significant increase from the 24% that planned to up their workforce in 2014. Alternatively, only 9% of employers, in contrast to 13% in 2014, plan to decrease workforce volume this year. This is the best job outlook that has emerged since 2006. Jobs are expected to manifest in a variety of different fields but perhaps most notably, in the fields of Sales, Customer Service, Information Technology, Production, and Administration. These fields are predicted to experience the biggest hiring influxes, over 20%, in the coming year. Previously up-and-coming fields such as mobile/cyber security, data management, alternative energy sources, anti-terrorism and robotics, are rapidly emerging and are expected to attract the attention of hiring managers this year as well. The survey indicates that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math occupations will continue to remain at the forefront of this hiring surge; 31% of hiring managers plan to create jobs in these fields, a 26% increase from 2014. In addition to a general increase in employee numbers, the nature of the workplace is also expected to undergo some changes in the coming year.
In 2015, the number of part-time jobs is expected to increase, education requirements will become stricter, small businesses are looking to expand, cubicles are being substituted for more open office spaces, and the minimum wage is forecasted to increase. With these developing trends, coupled with the impending increase in hiring, the job market will be more open and competitive than it has been in years. Employers are taking note of this as well.
CareerBuilder’s survey indicates that more employers, approximately 46% of them, in fact, plan to hire temporary workers in 2015. This is a definite increase from the 42% of employers that planned to enlist temporary employees in 2014. Additionally, 56% of employers hiring temporary workers plan to transition a number of their temporary employees into full-time, permanent employees. With such a notable increase in hiring predicted for 2015, employers will likely enlist the assistance of recruiters to help manage the vast number of skilled candidates looking for jobs. Employers look to recruiters to alleviate the pressures and strain of staffing and for that reason, temporary positions are becoming more common than ever before. And with nearly half of employers planning on hiring temporary employees permanently into their workforce, temporary assignments are gaining traction in the path to permanent employment. With this projected workforce increase and the growing popularity of temporary positions, accepting temporary positions does not have the same implications as before. Working through a staffing agency can expose job seekers to a multitude of fruitful temporary opportunities with the growing likelihood of permanency. Perhaps, in 2015, it is time to embrace the change in job patterns and consider the possibility of temporary positions. Accepting a temporary position may very well be the first step on the path to your ideal career.
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