Fewer employers may be hiring in 2009 (only 14%, compared to 32% last year), but the outlook isn’t entirely grim. Some employers will increase salaries, while others plan to offer flexible work arrangements.
Here’s the good news from employers:
- 66% will increase salaries for existing employees in 2009, down from 80% in 2008.
- 31% plan to provide more flexible work arrangements.
- 13% plan to add “green jobs,” compared to 10% in 2008.
- 25% expressed concern over the loss of intellectual capital, as baby boomers retire, and may seek to retain retirees.
- 88% will place the same or greater emphasis on recruiting bilingual candidates.
- 28% anticipate hiring freelancers or contractors.