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Employer Outlook Reveals Hiring Trends for 2018

Indeed surveyed 1,000 hiring managers nationwide to discover the biggest hiring trends expected for 2018.

Employer Outlook Reveals Hiring Trends for 2018

The majority (61%) of employers surveyed said they expect to hire more people in 2018 than they did in 2017. 56% said they are hiring to support business growth, while 31% are hiring for a specific skill, and 13% are replacing lost staff.

The most active sectors for recruiting are architecture and engineering where 82% plan to hire, IT and telecom companies (75%) and professional services firms (71%). At the other end of the spectrum, only 55% of retail companies and 41% of educational organizations plan to recruit next year.

Other highlights from the report:

  • The Southwest leads all regions looking to hire in 2018 with a whopping 75%. The West, Southeast, and Midwest by contrast are at 62%, 61% and 60%, respectively. The Northeast comes in last with only 57% of companies anticipating hiring increases.
  • 42% of employers worry they won't be able to find the talent they need and 41% of companies say their entry-level positions are hardest to fill. By contrast, 33% of companies are concerned about hiring middle management, 25% report challenges with senior management and 20% pointed to executive level positions as their most difficult hires.
  • Employee referrals are the most common source of new hires, with 73% of companies using this method to hire new employees. Job sites came in at a close 71%, with recruitment and staffing firms coming in at 51%.

For companies that need to make strong hires under budget constraints, non-monetary benefits like extra PTO, flexible hours and work from home options can tip the scales for job candidates.

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