Many employers plan to boost staff in 2017

Three in four employees say they are in better financial shape today than they were a year ago, allowing them to make plans to do a good deal of hiring over the next 12 months.

That’s according to CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast, which said the hiring outlook for 2017 is the best the United States has seen in a decade.

Forty percent of the employers surveyed said they plan to hire full-time, permanent employees over the next year.

Three in 10 expect to hire part-time, permanent staff while half of all employers anticipate adding temporary or contract workers.

So, what does this really mean to the jobs market?

In our view, one of the key challenges for employers will be in bridging the talent gaps within their own organizations.

Employers will likely see new pressures to raise wages to recruit and retain people, but they’ll also want to allocate resources to help their workers learn new skills.

In response to a question about how the Trump administration might influence hiring in 2017, 23 percent of employers surveyed said the new administration would increase jobs. About 27 percent anticipated no impact.

Either way, we expect more companies will be open to hiring workers who are short on experience. Fifty-five percent of employers said they will train workers who don’t have experience in their field and hire them in 2017.

About the Author

Lon Matejczyk

Lon is the former publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group.He has served in leadership roles at various newspapers in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin. Lon received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Earlier in his career, Lon spent several years as a sea captain and held a 100-ton Coast Guard license. Lon is a former rugby player, referee and administrator and now coaches under 13 year old kids. Lon has served on the boards of numerous community and business organizations including Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Peak Venture Group, CS Quality of Life Indicators Business Index Committee, Junior Achievement and is a member of The Colorado Thirty Group.  Lon was given the “Making the Pikes Peak region a better place to live work and play” award by the CS Chamber of Commerce, was the VFW Post 1’s business citizen of the year.

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