NEW YORK – Employers expect to hire more new workers in 2010 than they did in 2009, a sign the recession may be easing its grip, research showed on Tuesday.
One-fifth of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees next year, up from 14 percent in 2009, according to CareerBuilder.com, an online jobs site that surveyed more than 2,700 hiring managers and human resource professionals.
Just 9 percent said they plan to cut head count in 2010, down from 16 percent in 2009, according to the nationwide survey.
“There’s definitely an uptick. The number of employers who say they’re going to add full-time workers is up from last year, and that is very good news,” said Michael Erwin, senior career advisor at CareerBuilder.
Yet 61 percent of employers said they do not plan to change staffing levels, showing a degree of caution, he said.
“Employers are waiting to see what the economy does and what the new year brings,” he said.
One-third of employers plan to add technology jobs, while 28 percent said they would add customer service jobs and 23 percent said they planned to increase their sales force.