An encouraging sign for overall employment, utilization of staffing firms for permanent placements is also expected to increase in the fourth quarter compared to more cautious expectations over the last three months.

Just over 10 per cent of hiring managers expected to use a staffing or recruiting firm to help them search for permanent employees in the fourth quarter, compared to only nine per cent during the third quarter. CareerBuilder’s quarterly Staffing Supply and Demand Outlook, which tracks current and projected use of staffing firms by employers and job candidates, is pointing to more activity in health care, technical and contract hiring for staffing firms. The study included over 5,200 hiring managers and over 9,000 workers.

“As companies begin to shift their focus from cost containment to growth, they are evaluating their existing talent pool and filling any gaps with top performers that are essential in driving their businesses forward,” said Eric Gilpin, President of CareerBuilder’s Recruiter Business Unit.

Permanent and Temporary Hiring

For the second quarter in a row, a higher percentage of hiring managers report that they expect to utilize a staffing firm to fill open positions. Nearly 15 per cent of hiring managers expect to utilize a staffing firm in the fourth quarter, compared to only 13 per cent in the third quarter.

Hiring by Industry

Hiring managers in the office/clerical sector expect their temporary hiring needs to improve the most, with 2.1 per cent of those surveyed reporting they expect to hire a temporary office/clerical position through a staffing firm.

This is compared to 1.3 per cent one quarter ago, a gain of nearly a full percentage point. However, temporary positions in the technology sector remain the most common positions hiring managers expect to hire through staffing firms.

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