5 Hiring Trend Forecasts for 2016

In yesterday’s Advisor we explored a survey by CareerBuilder concerning employer confidence and hiring projections for 2016. Today, five trends to focus on for 2016.

Five Trends to Watch in the New Year

When looking at key trends that will help shape the employment landscape in 2016, it appears that several are tied to higher competition for talent, innovation in sourcing and developing high-skill workers, and a push for more diversity in leadership.

  1. Opening new doors for low-skill workers. Many employers are concerned with a growing skills gap (63%) and report extended vacancies within their organizations (48%). Thirty-three percent of employers plan to hire low-skill workers and invest in training them for high-skill jobs in 2016.
  2. Hiring younger interns. To encourage the next generation to pursue STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) and other in-demand areas, employers are building relationships with students at an early age. One-quarter (25%) of employers plan to hire high school students as interns over the next 12 months.
  3. Increasing wages at all levels. To retain and attract top performers, 83% of employers plan to increase compensation for existing employees, on par with 82% last year, while 66% will offer higher starting salaries for new employees, up from 64% last year.
  4. Reaching beyond U.S. borders. Employers will continue to look at talent pools outside the United States to help fill labor deficits. Nearly one in five (19%) say they will hire workers with H-1B visas in 2016, which will enable these employers to temporarily employ foreign-born workers for specialized occupations.
  5. Diversifying management. Companies are expanding demographics in their company leadership. Fifty-five percent of employers plan to hire or promote more women for management roles, and 53% plan to do the same for diverse workers. Forty-seven percent of employers plan to promote workers under the age of 30 into management roles.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll, on behalf of CareerBuilder, among 2,338 hiring and human resources managers aged 18 and over (employed full-time, not self-employed, nongovernment) between November 4, 2015, and December 1, 2015 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 2,338, one could say with a 95% probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 2.03 percentage points. Sampling error for data from subsamples is higher and varies.

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