Reflecting business gains and a healthy work climate, several staffing firms are forecasting a strong start to the new year. 

Manpower's Employment Outlook Survey on global hiring expectations for 42 countries forecasts a 16% net employment gain for the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015. 

The report says employer confidence continues to build in the U.S. with the hiring outlook improving for the third consecutive quarter. The most active hiring is expected to be in the Leisure & Hospitality and Wholesale & Retail trade sectors. 

And a published study by search, staffing, and management resources firm, BRILLIANT, finds more companies are reporting an increased number of open accounting, finance and IT positions.

The Brilliant™ Q1 2015 Accounting, Finance and IT Hiring Forecast produced in conjunction with Dr. Richard Curtin, Director, Surveys of Consumers at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) includes data collected last month from close to 300 human resources professionals and hiring managers. 

The research shows 30% of companies in the study reporting vacant accounting/finance positions, up from 28% percent last quarter, and 37% with unfilled IT positions. up from 33%.  

"While the majority of companies expected their hiring plans to remain unchanged in the coming year, most planned a constant (high) number of new hires," explain Dr. Curtin. "Given companies in recent years needed to replenish their staffs from the downsizing that occurred during the Great Recession, the fact that hiring has remained unchanged at that same higher rate, is good news." 

Economic Improvement Continues

  • 48% indicated the overall economic position of their company had improved during the past year, up from 36% at the same time last year. 
  • 64% anticipated continued economic growth in the year ahead, significantly above the 43% percent reported in the same quarter last year.
  • 18% planned to increase the hiring of temporary or contract employees for IT in the coming year. 
  • 15% of study participants said their companies are planning to increase the number of temporary or contract accounting / finance professionals from what they were already utilizing.

"This signifies that many companies have the confidence and budgets to invest in projects," says BRILLIANT CEO James Wong. "Overall, the data provides solid evidence that companies are expecting growth in the number of new hires during the year ahead."

To read the full Brilliant™ Q1 2015 Accounting, Finance and IT Hiring Forecast click here.

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