A Chicago-based employment firm has a look at the job market for 2012. Career Builder surveyed 3,000 companies nationwide, and found that one in four plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in 2012 – about the same as this year.
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“I think companies are in a better financial position today. They want to grow their businesses. They’ve already pushed productivity limits in many cases. They’re going to need to have additional headcount to meet market demand. I don’t think we’ll see huge leaps in hiring, but I do think that we’re going to see gradual improvements across categories,” said Career Builder Vice President Jennifer Grasz. Small businesses, those with 50 or fewer employees, are reporting more confidence in terms of hiring and retaining employees. The survey says jobs will be available in information technology, engineering and health care. Also, as businesses grow, they’ll be hiring in the areas of sales, customer service and business development.