According to The Work Buzz, 23 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in 2012, while 16 percent plan to cut back staff levels. While these numbers are about even with employers’ 2011 predictions, they’re a marked improvement from recent years past. For example, at the end of 2008, just 14 percent of employers planned to hire new employees in 2009, while 16 percent planned to cut staff levels. There’s also a good chance that hiring in 2012 will be better than employers’ predictions.

Job-market trends for 2012

A number of trends emerged from the survey data that will affect the labor market throughout 2012. Among them:

1. Workers will seek new opportunities.
2. Employers will ramp up efforts to keep their current employees and attract new ones.
3. The recovery will continue to be uneven.
4. Employers will try to close the skills gap.
5. Employers will place greater emphasis on diversity.

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