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Posted by CareerBuilder UK on 05 August 2015 in Press releases | No Comment

  • Forty-three per cent plan to hire temporary or contract workers in the second half of 2015

  • Forty-one per cent of employers plan to increase salary levels on job offers

  • Twenty-seven per cent of workers expect to change jobs

LONDON – 5th of AUGUST 2015 – At the halfway point in 2015, many British employers and job seekers are feeling positive about their prospects, according to CareerBuilder.uk’s Midyear Job Forecast. Forty-five per cent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent staff over the next six months and 43 per cent plan to hire temporary or contract workers. Meanwhile, just under three in ten (twenty-seven per cent) workers plan to change jobs in the next 12 months.

“Despite slower-than-average job growth in the first half of 2015, many British employers continue to increase hires,” said Scott Helmes, managing director of CareerBuilder UK. “Employers are practicing cautious optimism. While they may not be hiring at the pace they have in previous years, they are continuing to add headcount in several areas in order to remain competitive in a slower market.”

The national surveys were conducted online by Redshift Research on behalf of CareerBuilder.uk and included representative samples of 100 hiring managers and 1006 full or part time workers within the UK, across multiple different industries and company sizes.

Starting Salaries

Half of employers (50 per cent) expect to increase salary levels for current employees in the second half of the year. Twenty-six per cent will increase salary levels by five per cent or more. Just over 4 in 10 (41 per cent) plan to increase starting salaries on job offers over the next six months. Around a quarter of employers (26 per cent) will raise starting salaries by five per cent or more.

Hot Areas for Hiring

The top functional areas where employers will be increasing hires in the second half of 2015 include:

  • Customer Service – 28 per cent

  • Information Technology – 22 per cent

  • Sales – 20 per cent

  • Production – 20 per cent

  • Human Resources – 17 per cent

  • Accounting/Finance – 15 per cent

  • Marketing – eight per cent 

The survey also revealed some of the in-demand areas employers will be recruiting for in the second half of 2015 across the globe. These include those searching for a career in social media, wellness, mobile technology, search or cloud technology, cyber security, content strategy for the web, the environment, managing and interpreting big data, and financial regulation.



Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted among 1006 employees and 100 hiring managers in the UK. The interviews were conducted online by Redshift Research in June & July 2015 using an email invitation and an online survey. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 4.9 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.


About CareerBuilder.co.uk CareerBuilder UK is one of the most visited online job sites in the United Kingdom. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc (NYSE: GCI), Tribune Company, and The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), CareerBuilder.co.uk powers the career centres for hundreds of UK sites that reach national, local, industry and niche audiences. CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.co.uk.


About CareerBuilder®

As the global leader in human capital solutions, CareerBuilder specializes in HR software as a service to help companies with every step of the recruitment process from acquire to hire. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24 million unique visitors and 1 million jobs. CareerBuilder works with the world’s top employers, providing job distribution, sourcing, workflow, CRM, data and analytics in one pre-hire platform. Owned by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE:TGNA), Tribune Media (NYSE:TRCO) and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com.


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