SHRM Poll: Large U.S. Employers Most Likely to Hire

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A poll released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) on Nov. 22, 2011, provides indications that employers are looking to hire full-time staff again.
 
Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of HR professionals in the U.S. who responded to the poll reported that their organizations were hiring full-time permanent employees. The poll found that organizations with 500 or more employees were more likely to be hiring full-time employees than other businesses.
 
The poll results revealed that most of the hiring is for nonmanagement levels. More than 70 percent of the poll respondents said that their organizations were hiring for hourly and salaried nonmanagement jobs. Slightly more than one-half (54 percent) said that their organizations were hiring for low- and mid-level management jobs. And less than one quarter (22 percent) of the poll participants reported that their companies were hiring for executive-level positions.
 
Researchers for the SHRM Poll: The Ongoing Impact of the Recession—Overall Financial Health and Hiring surveyed 2,286 HR professionals who were selected randomly from the Society’s membership and asked questions about their organizations’ financial strength and hiring plans. These results are the second in a series of three poll findings that examine the continuing impact of the global recession of 2007-09 and the sputtering U.S. economy. The first phase of the poll findings, which focused on recruiting and skill gaps, was released on Nov. 7, 2011. The third stage will analyze global competition and hiring strategies.
 
More than three-quarters (77 percent) of the respondents reported that their organizations have had minor (10 percent or less of their workforce) or no layoffs of workers since the global recession began in 2007. Among respondents who had layoffs of less than 10 percent, 31 percent reported that their organizations had not laid off any workers, while 28 percent reported that 1 to 5 percent of their workforces had been laid off.
 
Nine percent of the poll respondents said that 21 percent to 50 percent of their workers had lost their jobs since the recession started, and 3 percent reported that their companies had laid off 50 percent or more of their employees.
 
When asked about the financial health of their organizations compared with 12 months earlier, the responses were like responses to a similar poll conducted in 2010. Approximately one-fourth of the poll participants reported no change (24 percent in 2011, 25 percent in 2010), while more than 42 percent in the 2011 and 2010 polls reported their businesses were experiencing a mild to significant recovery. In addition, the number of respondents who reported mild financial declines (26 percent in 2011, 24 percent in 2010) or significant declines (8 percent in 2011, 9 percent in 2010) held relatively steady.
 
Bill Leonard is a senior writer for SHRM. Click here to read the original article.