The Great Recession has undeniably left its mark on the employment sector. Following the dip in the economy, many companies laid off workers and decreased hiring – leaving millions of professionals scrambling to find work. However, the economy has steadily been progressing since 2008. New reports show that staffing and recruiting professionals’ clients are optimistic about hiring and their staffing software is filling up with new clients signing on and looking for workers to fill positions.
A recent study from Top Echelon has found that 70 percent of recruiters believe their clients are optimistic about hiring throughout the rest of 2013.
“It’s not surprising that companies are optimistic,” said Matt Deutsch, Communications Coordinator at the Top Echelon, according to the press release. “What’s a little surprising is that they’re this optimistic. When you combine the two categories of ‘very optimistic’ and ‘somewhat optimistic’ in this survey, nearly 70 percent of recruiters are optimistic to some degree, a rather substantial figure. “Ideally, the percentage of companies that are optimistic about hiring and embrace it more will continue to grow throughout the rest of this year and into the next. This survey is indicative of a positive trend within the recruiting industry, both for recruiters and for those who are seeking new employment opportunities.”
According to the survey, over half of all staffing and recruiting professionals (52.1 percent) believe their clients are “somewhat optimistic” about hiring, 16.9 percent are “very optimistic” and 26.8 percent are “neutral.” Only 2.8 percent of recruiters report that their clients are “somewhat pessimistic” about hiring and 1.4 percent claim their clients are “very pessimistic.”
This news comes on the heels of last month’s jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor, which found that the total number of nonfarm employment rose by 165,000 in April 2013. The agency reported that the unemployment rate has declined by 0.4 percentage points since January 2013 to 7.5 percent.
The economy is on the rise and staffing and recruiting professionals are finding that this is improving clients’ outlooks on hiring. As the number of jobs being handled by recruiters continues to rise, the right tools will become an even greater necessary investment. The right staffing software can help a recruiter stay up-to-date on the latest movements of his or her candidates and track the hiring process on any mobile device thanks to cloud technology.