Express Survey Reveals Hiring Trends Remain Steady for Administrative and Commercial Jobs

Oct 07, 2011, 09:00 ET from Express Employment Professionals

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The hiring outlook in all regions of North America continues to remain steady for administrative and commercial jobs, according to a hiring trends survey conducted by Express Employment Professionals, one of the nation's largest privately-held staffing companies.

Express surveyed more than 17,000 current and former clients across the U.S. and Canada.

Hiring trends in all regions continue to be greatest in commercial and light industrial, with 32 percent of respondents planning new hires, while 28 percent anticipate adding administrative and office clerical staff. Thirty-two percent of respondents plan to fill positions in "other" sectors, which include healthcare, customer service, food service, general labor, sales and more.

Additionally, 14 percent of respondents plan to hire for engineering positions, 13 percent plan to add marketing jobs, 10 percent plan to hire for accounting and finance, and nine percent have plans to hire information technology specialists.

"Survey results of those who responded indicate that 80 percent of companies plan to hire one to three people across all business sectors during the fourth quarter, a 13 percent increase from the third quarter," said Robert A. Funk, president and CEO of Express.

"We are seeing an increase in the number of people we are placing in jobs," Funk said. "Companies across the country continue to rely on staffing firms to recruit and fill positions in a variety of professional, commercial and administrative jobs. Companies have work that needs to be done and many are turning to a flexible staff to meet their needs and ease the stress on existing workers."

While companies are planning new hires, the current ease of recruiting and filling positions is up, according to the survey. In fact, half of the respondents believe it is "somewhat easy" to "very easy" to recruit and fill positions, an increase of three percent compared to the previous quarter. Employee referrals, online job boards and staffing firms remain the top three recruiting resources for companies.

Worldwide, Express Employment Professionals puts nearly 300,000 people to work each year and has more than 550 offices in three countries. Express provides expertise in evaluation hire, temporary staffing, professional search and human resources and works across a wide variety of industries. For more information, visit

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