Increase in Hiring Expected in New Year, Reveals CareerBuilder.ca's Annual
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    - Rehiring Laid-Off Workers, Flexible Work Arrangements, More Green Jobs
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<p><location>TORONTO</location>, <chron>Dec. 30</chron> /CNW/ -- CareerBuilder.ca, a leading online job site in <location>Canada</location>, released the results of its latest survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, which tracked projected hiring trends for 2010. The survey, titled "2010 Canadian Hiring Forecast," was conducted from <chron>November 5</chron> through <chron>November 23, 2009</chron> among 255 hiring managers and human resource professionals in private sector companies.</p>
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<p>"The Canadian job market had its ups and downs in 2009, but employers are optimistic about hiring in the new year as the economy recovers," said <person>Hunter Arnold</person>, Managing Director of CareerBuilder <location>Canada</location>. "Companies say they will add more employees to their payrolls in 2010, a trend that will be widespread across most provinces and industries. Twenty-nine per cent of employers said they plan to increase full-time, permanent employees, up sharply from 18 per cent last year."</p>
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    HIRING IN 2010

    Full time
    
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<p>Twenty-nine per cent of employers plan to increase their number of full-time permanent employees in 2010, up sharply from 18 per cent who anticipated increasing headcount in 2009. Nine per cent plan to decrease staff levels in 2010 while 48 per cent expect no change. Fifteen per cent are unsure.</p>
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<p>18 per cent of employers plan to increase their number of part-time employees in 2010, up from 13 per cent who expected to do so in 2009. Nine per cent plan to decrease part-time headcount in 2010, 61 per cent expect no change and 13 per cent are unsure.</p>
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    Hiring By Job Area
    
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<p>When asked which areas will be a priority for employers to hire first in 2010, more than half (51 per cent) of employers pointed to technology positions, while 26 per cent cited customer service positions. Revenue generation will also be a primary focus. One-quarter (24 per cent) of employers report they plan to add business development workers first, followed by marketing (21 per cent) and sales (16 per cent).</p>
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    SEVEN MAJOR HIRING TRENDS FOR 2010
    
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<p>Companies are optimistic about hiring in 2010 and are taking measures to ensure future growth. The following are seven trends for the new year:</p>
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<p>#1 Replacing Low-Performing Workers:  Some companies are using this economic recovery period to strengthen their workforce by recruiting top talent to replace low performing workers. Forty-two per cent of employers said they planned to hire A-players to replace low performers in 2010.</p>
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<p>#2 Flexible Work Arrangements:  Companies plan to continue providing employees with greater flexibility in hopes of maintaining a better work-life balance. Forty-three per cent of employers say they plan to provide more flexible work arrangements in 2010, which include:</p>
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    --  Alternate schedules - come in early and leave early or come in later
        and leave later - 72 per cent
    --  Telecommuting options - 55 per cent
    --  Compressed workweeks - work the same hours, but in fewer days - 41 per
        cent
    --  Summer hours - 30 per cent
    --  Job sharing - 25 per cent
    --  Sabbaticals - 16 per cent


    
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<p>#3 Rehiring Laid-Off Workers:  As the job market continues to stabilize and show signs of growth, some companies are reversing strategies taken to manage through challenging economic times. Of employers who had layoffs in the last 12 months, nearly three-in-ten (29 per cent) reported their company is planning to bring back some employees they let go earlier in the year. Looking ahead, 10 per cent reported they plan to bring back workers in the first quarter, while 9 per cent plan on doing so in the second quarter. An additional 5 per cent said they would rehire employees in the second half of 2010.</p>
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<p>Companies also indicated that their layoff decisions in the last year may have been made too quickly. One-quarter (25 per cent) of employers said they thought they cut workers too soon and that it ultimately had a negative impact on their business.</p>
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<p>#4 Green Jobs:  Employers plan to continue to be environmentally aware in the new year. One-in-five (20 per cent) employers say they plan to add "green jobs" in 2010, compared to 13 per cent who said they planned to add them in 2009. "Green jobs" are positions that implement environmentally conscious design, policy and technology to improve conservation and sustainability.</p>
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<p>#5 Recruitment Tools:  As employers increase headcounts in 2010, they will turn to a mix of hiring vehicles to find the right candidates. Employers report that they plan to increase their recruitment spend on the following:</p>
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    --  Online recruitment sites - 29 per cent
    --  Staffing firms and recruiters - 13 per cent
    --  Career fairs - 19 per cent
    --  Social and professional networking sites - 18 per cent
    --  Business and trade magazine ads - 5 per cent

    
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<p>#6 Freelance or Contact Hiring:  As many companies rebuild their workforces, they are turning to more freelance or contract workers to help move their businesses forward.</p>
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<p>Forty-eight per cent of employers anticipate hiring freelancers or contractors in 2010. Thirteen per cent expect to employ more freelancers or contractors than last year, while 18 per cent expect to hire the same amount and 17 per cent plan to hire fewer.</p>
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<p>#7 Less Business Travel:  While employers are moving away from cost containment and more into growth, one area they still plan to save money on is business travel. More than half (52 per cent) of employers report that there will be less business travel at their organisation in 2010 than in 2009.</p>
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    HIRING AND COMPENSATION IN Q1

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<p>Thirty per cent of employers say they increased their headcount in the last three months. Seventeen per cent reduced headcount while 52 per cent reported no change and 2 per cent were unsure.</p>
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<p>Employers plan to continue their current hiring pace in the upcoming quarter. Twenty-seven per cent of employers plan to add employees in Q1 2010. Nine per cent will decrease headcount while 51 per cent anticipate no change and 14 per cent are unsure.</p>
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    Compensation
    
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<p>While employers will ramp up hiring in 2010, they are proceeding with caution when it comes to salary increases. Half (50 per cent) of employers expect to raise compensation levels in the next three months, compared to 63 per cent who said the same of the first quarter of 2009. Twenty-four per cent estimate the average raise to be 3 per cent or more while 7 per cent anticipate an average raise of 5 per cent or more.</p>
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    Survey Methodology
    
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<p>This survey was conducted online within <location>Canada</location> by Harris Interactive© on behalf of CareerBuilder.com among 255 hiring managers and human resource professionals (employed full-time; not self-employed; with at least significant involvement in hiring decisions; non-government, ages 18 and over between <chron>November 5</chron> and <chron>November 23, 2009</chron> (percentages for some questions are based on a subset of Canadian Employers, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 286, one could say with a 95 per cent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 6.14 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.</p>
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    About CareerBuilder.ca
    
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<p>CareerBuilder is a leading job site in <location>Canada</location>. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:   GCI), the Tribune Company, The McClatchy Company (NYSE:   MNI) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT), CareerBuilder.ca powers the career centers for more than 175 Canadian partners that reach national, local, industry and niche audiences. These include leading portals such as AOL <location>Canada</location> and Macleans.ca. 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 <a href="http://www.careerbuilder.ca">http://www.careerbuilder.ca</a>.</p>
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