Survey: Hiring managers see modest jobs growth to begin 2013

Despite the fiscal cliff hanging like a stormy rain cloud above any political discussion at the moment, there is still optimism on the jobs front for early next year. Though tax increases and drastic spending cuts loom on the horizon, a recent survey found many hiring managers are expecting good hiring trends to start 2013. For companies that share that sentiment, recruiting agencies can provide a valuable service to identify and land the top talent to set a business apart.

Job creation in first half modest, not stellar
According to a survey by Dice Holdings, a provider of niche websites for professional communities, 46 percent of hiring managers and recruiters forecast a better pace of hiring during the first half of 2013, compared to the second half of 2012. 

The latest numbers continue to reinforce optimism about job creation that was expressed for 2012. The company said the recent survey held to the findings of one conducted in late 2011 on the employment climate for early 2012. Additionally, the new numbers were close to the 51 percent who responded to a May 2012 survey that expected good jobs growth in the final six months of 2012.

More than 1,100 hiring professionals were included in the online survey.

Economy's low impact means companies search for talent
Forty-four percent of respondents said the current economic situation, although highly publicized and demonized in regard to employment, will not have an effect on their hiring plans, the company said.

"While it may feel like a good amount of running in place, it’s important to remember more than 1.3 million private sector jobs have been created this year and business conditions point to continued modest job growth,” said Scot Melland, president of Dice Holdings. "If greater confidence returns, I firmly believe hiring managers and professionals will be emboldened to act more decisively."

Additionally, for the first time in more than a year of the survey's history, a majority of hiring managers (55 percent) expect current employees will get a raise in the coming year. The survey found the expected increase in raises does not derive from money left over because of voluntary departures either: 68 percent said they saw no increase in employees leaving of their own accord in 2012, a modest uptick from 62 percent that said the same six months ago.

Employers can also see the benefits that technical recruiters bring to the table when it comes to hiring manager-identified positions of importance. Thirty-eight percent say entry-level staffing will be a priority for for 2013. However, the survey found more professionals are expected to fill positions requiring two to five, and six to 10 years of experience during the start of next year.