Employee recruiting, hiring to pick up in 2011

A new survey from AppleOne reveals that 95 percent of small and medium-sized businesses will not lay off any more employees over the next 18 months, while employee recruiting and hiring efforts will increase during 2011.

Additionally, the survey indicates that 41 percent of respondents will add more employees in 2011 - up 8 percent from a survey conducted the same time last year. Meanwhile, 53 percent of employers expect their staff numbers to remain the same and just 5 percent expect further layoffs - down from 10 percent from 2009.

"The market is more exciting now, and has more opportunity for skilled workers than we've seen in the last decade," said AppleOne CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd.

The data also indicated the most popular avenues of employee recruiting methods. According to the survey, employment services and job boards remain the most common outlets for hiring, while 13 percent of respondents said they rely on classified advertising and employee referrals.

A recent survey by Manpower indicates that hiring should increase by 9 percent in Q1 2011 over the same time last year, with that figure falling to 5 percent in Q2 2011 year-over-year.

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