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Businesses ready to hire entering 2013


For many small-business owners, it has been a long, strenuous road to growth at their companies due to the unpredictability of the economy and its implications. However, recent research from CareerBuilder shows 2013 will be a better year.

"More than 60 percent of employers reported that they are in a better financial position than last year and more than 40 percent said their sales increased over the last six months," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. "While this bodes well for job creation, employers are still assessing the implications of a weakened global market and a modest recovery at home." 

Full-time hiring will increase
The economy has limited many firms this year, causing them to bring in contractors and temporary employees to carry out operations at their firms, but now small-business owners are inclined to hire permanent staff. The research revealed 26 percent of employers are projecting to employ new workers this year, and 55 percent plan to maintain their current amount of workers.

"The guarded approach to hiring that has been evident over the last few years was sustained in part by concerns over the fiscal cliff during the time of the survey," said Ferguson. "We don't expect 2013 to bring any big surprises in regard to employment, rather it will continue on a path of stability and gradual growth barring any significant economic disruptions." 

Hiring is still expected to remain slower than it would if the economy was strong. However, it's always important for firms to have business insurance policies in place when they are planning on adding to or downsize their staffing levels.

IT hiring to lead the way
Innovations in technology such as the cloud, mobile devices and virtualization are increasing the need for businesses to invest in hiring more IT staff. The CareerBuilder survey found 27 percent of respondents are expecting to bring in new IT employees, while the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report revealed 17 percent of chief information officers are planning to expand their IT departments.

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