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Nearly Half Of U.S. Companies Plan To Add Staff In The Second Half Of 2022

  • 46% are hiring for new roles; 45% will bring in more contract talent
  • More than 3 in 4 managers still worry about workers quitting

The job market will remain strong for the latter part of 2022, research from talent solutions and business consulting firm Robert Half shows. According to the company’s State of U.S. Hiring Survey of more than 1,500 managers, 46% of respondents anticipate adding new permanent positions during the second half of the year; another 46% expect to fill vacated positions and only 8% foresee hiring freezes or layoffs.

Research from Robert Half shows U.S. companies' hiring plans and strategies in the second half of 2022.
Research from Robert Half shows U.S. companies’ hiring plans and strategies in the second half of 2022.
Companies’ Plans for Hiring Permanent Staff
Second Half
2021
First Half
2022
Second Half
2022
Adding new positions51 %65 %46 %
Filling vacated positions48 %33 %46 %
Not adding new or filling vacated positions2 %2 %6 %
Eliminating positions0 %1 %2 %

Increased Demand for Contract and Early-Career Talent
Forty-five percent of managers across practice areas plan to bring in more contract professionals by year-end — especially in technology (60%) and finance and accounting (54%). In addition, 72% of employers intend to hire more entry-level or early-career professionals.

“Despite talk of an economic slowdown, many companies remain in hiring mode — and professionals with in-demand skills continue to have options,” said Robert Half senior executive director Paul McDonald. “In addition to staffing critical functions, employers are increasingly turning to contract talent to stay nimble while keeping projects moving forward and productivity high.”

View Robert Half’s Demand for Skilled Talent report for additional insight on hiring trends by profession.

Top Hiring Challenges and Strategies
According to the research, 88% of managers said it’s challenging to find skilled professionals, primarily due to a lack of qualified talent (38%) and candidates’ salary expectations being higher than what their company is willing to offer (22%).

In turn, employers who have the resources are using a range of recruiting tactics to win over skilled workers:

  • 46% are increasing starting salaries.
  • 34% are providing signing bonuses.
  • 33% are offering remote options.
  • 31% are evaluating candidates outside of their company’s geography and allowing new hires to live anywhere.
  • 28% are loosening education, skills or experience requirements.

View a video and infographics of the research highlights.

Employers Brace for More Quits
More than half of managers (51%) reported an increase in voluntary turnover within their department in the last year. And nearly 8 in 10 (78%) are concerned about more employees quitting. Those in marketing and creative (84%) and finance and accounting (79%) are most likely to worry about resignations from their team.

McDonald noted, “As long as the job market favors workers, staff retention will continue to be a big concern for businesses. Doubling down on employee wellbeing, empowerment and development initiatives can go a long way toward building staff satisfaction and loyalty as the market fluctuates.”

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Carl Fox

Carl Fox is the senior money and finance writer for Conservative Daily News. Follow him in the "Money & The Economy" section at CDN and see his posts on the "Junior Economists" Facebook page.

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