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Temp hiring to continue its rise in 2012

Posted on January 9th, 2012 Read time: 1 minutes

According to a recent poll from CareerBuilder and Harris Interactive, 36 percent of companies plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2012.

The figure marks an exponential increase going as far back as 2009, when just 28 percent of respondents reported they intended to hire temps. In 2010 this rose to 30 percent, and again to 34 percent in 2011.

"Temporary jobs from staffing and recruiting firms are playing an increasingly important role in the economic recovery," said Eric Gilpin, president of CareerBuilder's staffing and recruiting group. "Our studies have pointed to a rise in these positions post-recession as companies address growing market needs." 

Gilpin added that as staffs continue to grow leaner, employers are relying on temp workers to provide quality production at a lesser cost, with the ultimate goal of hiring them once more funds are available. Specifically, 35 percent of respondents plan to hire temp workers on a permanent basis.

Workers in the information technology field who have Java or .Net Developer skills are especially in demand. According to Mashable, these skills can be more easily developed via a new technology startup called Codeacademy, a New York-based website which provides a free interactive resource to help prospective coders quickly gain the knowledge they need.

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