USA Today and Survey on Q1 2007 Hiring Plans

36% Cos. Plan New Hiring in Q1 2007 

U.S. businesses expect to hire a bit less in the beginning of 2007 than they did in late 2006, according to an online survey for USA TODAY and by Harris Interactive. Some 36% of hiring managers said their companies planned to increase the staffing in Q1 2007, down slightly from 38% in q4 2006. 

Job Market Prospects Slightly Mild in Early 2007

Hiring Plan Q1 2007 Q4 2006
Increase Staffing 36% 38%
Decrease Staffing 8% 13%
No Change  48% 47%
Not sure 9% 3%
Source: USA TODAY/ Survey, Dec 2006 (by Harris Interactive)

Other Highlights:

  • Some 40% of hiring managers said they had job openings for which they could not find a qualified candidate.
  • 48% said they planned to offer raises in the next three months while 41% expected no change and 1% planned to cut pay. The rest were unsure.

The survey was conducted Nov. 17-Dec. 11 and involved 2,627 hiring managers and human resource professionals.

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