Employers plan to hire more for Jacksonville jobs

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Employers will be hiring more for Jacksonville jobs in the future, according to a recent hiring survey.

Employers expect to hire 16.6 percent more new graduates from the Class of 2019 than they did from the Class of 2018 for positions in the United States, according to results of a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

This year marks the best initial hiring outlook since the Class of 2007.

Over the past three recruiting years, the largest group of employers responding to the Job Outlook survey expected to maintain their individual hiring numbers. That trend continues this year as 57.4 percent of employers plan to keep their number of college hires the same.

While 38.6 percent of responding employers plan to increase their hires, perhaps the most encouraging finding is that just 4 percent of respondents will decrease their hires. This represents less than half of last year’s respondents (9.6 percent) that planned to decrease hires, and it is the smallest group with these plans in the past seven years.

Respondents that expect to increase their new college hiring provided key factors for doing so that yielded common—almost universal—themes, such as an improved economy, company growth, anticipated retirements, and a focus on early talent/succession planning. Several others in this group reported that they plan to concentrate on converting more interns to full-time hires, thus increasing their overall hiring numbers.

Most of the respondents that are maintaining their new college hiring numbers indicated that the growth in their respective companies is steady, so they have no need to increase or decrease their numbers. Other respondents reported that they hired aggressively in the past few years, so they will maintain college hiring at their current levels.