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2 in 3 U.S. companies plan to expand in first half of 2022, per survey

Per a new report from business consulting firm Robert Half, 65% of those responding to a survey of more than 2,300 senior managers said they anticipate adding new permanent positions in the first half of the year, up 14% from six months ago. Another 33% expect to fill vacated positions.

Managers in administrative and customer support (72%) and marketing (69%) departments were found to have the greatest hiring needs. In addition, 71% of senior managers expect to hire more contract professionals in 2022, with those in marketing and technology (each at 78%) the most likely to increase the number of contract workers used.

The study found that employers are looking at multiple options to hire more workers, with 55% of respondents saying they are increasing starting salaries and 50% offering remote options and evaluating candidates outside of their office’s geography. An additional 44% say they are providing signing bonuses, 41% are giving more paid time off and 31% are loosening education, skills or experience requirements. 

“Today’s professionals have more career options and negotiating power than ever,” Robert Half Senior Executive Director Paul McDonald said in a statement. “In order to land the best talent, employers must move quickly, create a positive candidate experience from the initial contact to the job offer, and provide competitive salaries and flexible work options.”

The online survey was developed by Robert Half and conducted by an independent research firm from Nov. 11 to Dec. 30, 2021. It includes responses from more than 2,300 senior managers in finance, technology, marketing, legal, administrative and customer support, human resources and other areas at companies with 20 or more employees in the U.S.

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