Half of Those Surveyed Plan to Scale Back Hiring, and 60 Percent say They
Cannot Predict When Hiring Will Return to Normal
97 Percent of Companies Indicate New Hires are Receiving the Same or More pay
Than Last Year
NEW YORK, June 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:
DHX), a leading provider of specialized career websites for professional
communities, today announced the results of an employment survey that paints a
picture of a very mixed hiring environment, with slightly more than half of
the respondents saying they will scale back hiring plans for the next six
With the economy limping along, and many indicators pointing to tepid
growth at best, Dice Holdings' recent survey of hiring companies and
recruiters found that on many key issues employers are split nearly 50-50.
Some 52 percent of respondents indicated they would cut back their hiring for
the next six months, while 43 percent reported they would not change their
current plans and five percent are unsure. Large companies, those with more
than 500 employees, were slightly more negative than other respondents, with
58 percent saying they plan to cut back hiring this year.
The results were equally mixed regarding when respondents believed they
would see hiring return to normal - 34 percent predicted by the second half of
2009, but the majority of respondents, 60 percent, indicated that they are not
sure and are waiting to see how the economy evolves.
"We're seeing a mixed and uncertain hiring environment," said Scot
Melland, Chairman, President and CEO of Dice Holdings, Inc. "Roughly half of
employers are sticking with their hiring plans, but with a degree of caution
and hesitancy you might expect, given the lukewarm economy," said Melland. "At
the same time, the majority of companies do not appear to be forecasting a
dire turn for the worse any time soon."
While the survey results appear to reflect a degree of caution, most
respondents - 64 percent - thought layoffs unlikely. And in keeping with the
high level of uncertainty, 16 percent of respondents indicated they did not
know whether layoffs were likely or not.
Less than one in 10 companies - seven percent - believe layoffs are very
likely in the next six months, while another 13 percent believe layoffs are
likely. Companies expecting layoffs represented a broad spectrum of
industries, including telecom, technology, retail, manufacturing, and finance.
But while hiring continues, 41 percent of respondents say that the time it
takes to fill open positions is longer than it was last year, while nearly
half - 49 percent - see no change. Interestingly, the major reason for the
extended period to hire people isn't concern about the economy or a lack of
urgency to fill a position. It's finding the right people. Nearly six in 10
respondents, 59 percent, said what's slowing down the process is the inability
to find qualified candidates for the job.
"Even in this economy, for certain types of skilled positions such as
engineers and accounting professionals, there is a talent shortage. The
message we're receiving from employers is that good people are being hired and
paid appropriately," said Melland. "Companies must compete for talent, and
they recognize they have to compensate professionals based on the competition
for their skills as well as a general increase in the cost of living."
Those companies that have not scaled back hiring plans continue to pay
competitive salaries. For new hires, 97 percent of respondents indicated
salaries are equal to or above last year. The lure of dollars is not enough,
however, to attract a higher number of candidates than usual. Only 51 percent
of companies are seeing more candidates apply for jobs.
"In an economic slowdown, people tend to stick with their current
employers, and even though there may be opportunities elsewhere, they don't
necessarily jump at the chance to change jobs," said Melland.
About the survey
In late May 2008, Dice Holdings surveyed U.S. companies and recruiting
firms from every region of the country who hire or recruit a variety of
professionals. More than 1,100 responded to the email survey with 81 percent
identified as companies that recruit for their own needs. Of that group,
nearly half had more than 500 employees.
Table 1: Has the current economic environment caused you or your clients
to scale back hiring plans for the next six months?
Yes, substantially 15%
Yes, slightly 37%
I'm not sure 5%
Table 2: When do you envision that your hiring or your clients' hiring
will return to normal levels?
Fourth quarter of 2008 16%
First half of 2009 18%
Second half of 2009 6%
Not sure - we'll have to wait and see how the 60%
Table 3: How likely do you think layoffs are in the next six months at
your organization, or if you are a recruiter at your clients' organizations?
Very likely 7%
Not likely 64%
I don't know 16%
Table 4: If you or your clients have positions to fill, has the time to
fill open positions changed relative to last year?
Yes, it has substantially lengthened 11%
Yes, it has slightly lengthened 30%
Yes, it has slightly shortened 8%
Yes, it has substantially shortened 2%
Table 5: What best describes the reason for the time to fill a position
There is no urgency to fill open positions 12%
Slight caution related to the economy 26%
Inability to find qualified professionals 59%
to fill open positions
I don't know 3%
Table 6: What trend do you see in salaries for new hires?
They are significantly higher than last year 4%
They are slightly higher than last year 48%
They are the same as last year 45%
They are slightly less than last year 3%
They are significantly less than last year 0%
Table 7: Are you seeing an increase in the number of candidates applying
Yes, significantly 17%
Yes, but slightly 34%
About Dice Holdings, Inc.
Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DHX) is a leading provider of specialized
career websites for professional communities, including technology and
engineering, capital markets and financial services, accounting and finance,
and security clearance. Our mission is to help our customers source and hire
the most qualified professionals in select and highly skilled occupations, and
to help those professionals find the best job opportunities in their
respective fields and further their careers. For more than 17 years, we have
built our company by providing our customers with quick and easy access to
high-quality, unique professional communities and offering those communities
access to highly relevant career opportunities and information. Today, we
serve multiple markets in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and
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