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Hiring Expected to Continue Steady Pace Through 2014, Finds CareerBuilder.ca’s Mid-Year Forecast

Fifty-six per cent of employers plan to increase full-time headcount

TORONTO – July 10, 2014 – As we move into the second half of the year, many Canadian employers are looking to add headcount. Over half (56 per cent) of hiring managers have plans to hire full time, permanent staff between July 1 and December 31, 2014, 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 – up from 42 per cent last year – and 36 per cent say 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,” says Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. “Our survey shows that this growth will likely be felt across industries and company sizes, with employers looking to fill a wide variety of positions.”

The Canadian national survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder.ca from May 13 to June 6, 2014 and included more than 400 hiring managers and human resource professionals and more than 400 workers across industries and company sizes.

Top Areas for Hiring

Employers say they expect to hire in a variety of departments. 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 & Development – 15 per cent

Emerging Skill Sets

As new technologies and trends reshape the workforce, many employers find themselves searching for workers with specialized skill sets. When asked to identify specific areas their organizations plan to hire for in the second half of 2014, employers pointed to the following:

  • Jobs tied to cloud technology – 21 per cent
  • Jobs tied to mobile technology – 16 per cent
  • Jobs tied to search technology – 14 per cent
  • Jobs tied to cyber security – 14 per cent
  • Jobs tied to health informatics – 13 per cent
  • Jobs tied to wellness – 13 per cent
  • Jobs tied to social media – 13 per cent
  • Jobs tied to financial regulation – 13 per cent
  • Jobs tied to managing and interpreting Big Data – 12 per cent
  • Jobs tied to global relations – 11 per cent
  • Jobs tied to content strategy for the web – 10 per cent

Changing Jobs

Despite an increase in potential job opportunities, most workers don’t plan on leaving their current employer. About a quarter (26 per cent) of workers say they are likely or very likely to change jobs in the next 12 months, down 4 percentage points from this time last year.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within Canada by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder.ca among 431 Canadian hiring managers (employed full-time; not self-employed; non-government) and 422 Canadian employees ages 18 and over between May 13 and June 6, 2013 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 431 one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results among Hiring Managers have a sampling error of +/- 4.72 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies. With a pure probability sample of 422 one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results among Canadian employees have a sampling error of +/- 4.77 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

About CareerBuilder.ca

CareerBuilder.ca is a leading job site in Canada. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), the Tribune Company, The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), CareerBuilder.ca powers the career centers for more than 250 Canadian partners that reach national, local, industry and niche audiences. Job seekers visit CareerBuilder.ca every month to search for opportunities by industry, location, company and job type, sign up for automatic e-mail job alerts, and get advice on job hunting and career management. For more information about CareerBuilder.ca products and services, visit http://www.careerbuilder.ca.

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