TIPS: New Job Market Surveys

By Frances Chaves

Trends in the slowly improving job market are tracked by recent surveys by CareerBuilder. Some of the more interesting are:survey image

The top 15 best bachelor degree jobs for 2013 based on occupations with the most jobs added since 2010(published onDecember 6, 2012):

1)      Software Developers

2)      Accountants and Auditors

3)      Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

4)      Computer Systems Analysts

5)      Human Resources, Training and Labor Relations Specialists

6)      Network and Computer Systems Administrators

7)      Sales Representatives (Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific)

8)      Information Security Analysts, Web Developers and Computer Network Architects

9)      Mechanical Engineers

10)   Industrial Engineers

11)   Computer Programmers

12)   Financial Analysts

13)   Public Relations Specialists

14)   Logisticians

15)   Database Administrators

16)   Meeting, Convention and Event Planners

17)   Cost Estimators

18)   Personal Financial Advisors

Top 10 Markets with the Best Job Growth Post-Recession

You may need to consider a move to one of these cities because, unfortunately, New Jersey is not one of the locations with the most job growth from 2010 to 2012. Technology and engineering occupations comprise six of the top ten positions on the list.

1) San Jose, CA (includes Sunnyvale and Santa Clara)

2) Houston, TX (includes Sugar Land and Baytown)

3) Austin, TX (includes Round Rock and San Marcos)

4) Detroit, MI (includes Warren and Livonia)

5) Salt Lake City, UT

6) Oklahoma City, OK

7) Raleigh, NC (includes Cary)

8) Dallas, TX (includes Forth Worth and Arlington)

9) San Francisco, CA (includes Oakland and Fremont)

10) Phoenix, AZ (includes Mesa and Glendale)

Job Outlook for Q4 2012 Mirroring Pre-Recession

An October 2012 survey of more than 2,000 employers nationwide reports:

  • 26% of employers plan to add full-time, permanent headcount in the next three months, up five percentage points from 2011
  • 9% expect to downsize staff, down from 10% last year
  • 61% expect no change
  • 4% are undecided

Hiring in the Third Quarter 2012

  • 32% added full-time, permanent headcount in the third quarter, up from 26% last year
  • 12% decreased headcount, similar to 2011 (11%) in the third quarter
  • 56% made no change to staff levels in the third quarter
  • 1% were unsure

Temporary Hiring

  • 38% of employers hired temporary or contract workers in the third quarter, up from 32% last year
  • 33% plan to hire temporary or contract workers in the fourth quarter, up from 27% last year
  • 23% are planning to transition some contract or temporary staff into permanent employees in the fourth quarter, up from 17% last year

Hiring by Company Size (the number of employers planning to recruit in the fourth quarter)

  • 50 or fewer employees:
    • 16% plan to add full-time, permanent staff, up from 12% last year
    • 7% plan to reduce headcount, the same as last year
  • 250 or fewer employees:
    • 20% plan to add full-time, permanent staff, up from 15% last year
    • 8% plan to reduce headcount, the same as last year
  • More than 500 employees:
    • 34% plan to add full-time, permanent staff, up from 27% last year
  • 9% plan to reduce headcount, down from 11 percent last year

Hiring by Region:

  • West:
    • 31% plan to add full-time, permanent staff, up from 23 percent last year
    • 7% plan to reduce headcount, down from 12% last year
  • South:
    • 28% plan to add full-time, permanent staff, up from 21 percent last year
    • 8% plan to reduce headcount, down from 9% last year
  • Northeast:
    • 24% plan to add full-time, permanent staff, up from 19 percent last year
    • 10% plan to reduce headcount, the same as last year
  • Midwest:
    • 23% plan to add full-time, permanent staff, up from 21 percent last year
    • 10% plan to reduce headcount, up from 9% last year

Jobs with the most turnover:

18% of hiring managers reported that top performers left their organizations in the third quarter.

The top five positions companies cited for having the most turnover this year:

  • Sales Representative
  • Administrative Assistant
  • IT Manager/ Network Administrator
  • Engineer
  • Customer Service Representative

Competition for Talent:

  • 50% of employers who extended a job offer in the last year reported that a candidate rejected the offer
  • Reasons employers attributed the rejection to include the candidate taking another job offer or their company not being able to meet the desired salary

Job Search Habits

In October 2012, CareerBuilderreported the results of a survey of 10,078 full-time workers across industries and company sizes in the U.S. and Canada.

  • 69% said job searching is part of their regular routine
  • 30% said job searching is a weekly activity
  • 79% of Millennials actively search for or are open to new jobs
  • 67% of Baby Boomers actively search for or are open to new jobs
  • Baby Boomers tend to stay in a position for eleven years on average
  • Millennials typically stay in a position for three years

The majority of workers primarily come across new jobs in three ways:

  • Online search – 74 percent
  • Traditional networking – 68 percent
  • Job boards – 67 percent

And my favorite survey, the most unusual excuses employees gave for calling in sick:

  • Employee forgot he had been hired for the job
  • Employee said her dog was having a nervous breakdown
  • Employee’s dead grandmother was being exhumed for a police investigation
  • Employee’s toe was stuck in a faucet
  • Employee said a bird bit her
  • Employee was upset after watching “The Hunger Games”
  • Employee got sick from reading too much
  • Employee was suffering from a broken heart
  • Employee’s hair turned orange from dying her hair at home
  • Employee’s sobriety tool wouldn’t allow the car to start
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