Careerbuilder: Top Ten Hiring Trends Of 2010

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Careerbuilder surveyed 2,700 employers and came up with the top ten hiring trends for the new year:

  1. Replacing Lower-Performing Employees
    37 percent of employers say they plan to replace lower-performing employees with higher-performers in 2010.
  2. Emphasis on Social Media to Strengthen Brand
    Close to four in ten employers (37%) plan to put a greater emphasis on social media in 2010 to create a more positive brand for their organization. One in five employers plan to add social media responsibilities to a current employee, while 8 percent plan to hire someone new to focus or partially focus on social media. (our emphasis)
  3. Rehiring Laid-off Workers
    Among those who had lay-offs in 2009, thirty-two percent of employers now say they plan to bring back workers with three-in-ten either doing it now or plan to do so in the first six months of 2010.
  4. Flexible Work Arrangements
    Thirty-five percent of employers say they plan to provide more flexible work arrangements in 2010.
  5. Cutting Perks and Benefits
    Thirty-seven percent of employers say they will cut perks and benefits in 2010, including bonuses, medical coverage, suspended 401k matching and free coffee.
  6. Rehiring Retirees and Postponing Retirement
    Twenty seven percent say they are open to retaining their workers who are approaching retirement. Sixteen percent say they are likely to rehire retirees from other companies in 2010.
  7. Freelance or Contract Hiring
    Thirty percent of employers anticipate hiring freelancers or contractors in 2010, up slightly from 28 percent in 2009. Six percent expect to employ more freelance workers or contractors than last year, while 15 percent expect to hire the same amount and 10 percent plan to hire fewer.
  8. Green Jobs
    Eleven percent of employers say they plan to add “green jobs” in 2010, the same amount who said they added them in 2009.
  9. Bilingual Recruitment
    Nearly four-in-ten employers (39%) said they plan to hire bilingual candidates in 2010 and half said that if they had two equally qualified candidates, they would be more inclined to hire the bilingual candidate.
  10. Business Travel
    Forty-three percent of employers say that in their organizations there will be less business travel in 2010 than in 2009.

The same survey found that the hiring outlook is improving, if only slightly: 20 percent said they planned to add staff next year, up from 14 percent last year, and only 9 percent said they planned to reduce staff, down from 16 percent.