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SHRM Jobs Outlook Survey (JOS)

The SHRM Jobs Outlook Survey (JOS) Report examines hiring and recruiting trends annually in the United States. It is based on a survey of more than 600 public and private-sector human resource professionals with a direct role in the staffing decisions at their respective companies. Respondents come from small, medium and large companies from around the U.S. and belong to a variety of for-profit, non-profit and government entities.

Key findings from second half of 2015 (July – December)

Organizations' plans to change staff levels in second half of 2015 (July - December) %
Increase total staff 42%
Maintain total staff 51%
Decrease total staff 7%

Source: SHRM Jobs Outlook Survey Second Half of 2015

HR professionals’ optimism on overall job growth in the United States in second half of 2015 (July – December) %
Very optimistic about job growth 18%
Somewhat optimistic about job growth 51%
Neither optimistic nor pessimistic about job growth 21%
Somewhat pessimistic about job growth, anticipating job losses 9%
Very pessimistic about job growth, anticipating job losses 1%

Source: SHRM Jobs Outlook Survey Second Half of 2015

Previous Jobs Outlook Surveys

CLICK HERE: Jobs Outlook Survey 2nd Half of 2015

  • A total of 69% of respondents had some level of confidence in the U.S. job market for the second half of 2015 and expected job growth: 51% were somewhat optimistic about job growth in the United States, and another 18% were very optimistic and anticipated job growth during the last half of the year. That represents a slight increase from the second half of 2014, when a combined 64% of respondents expressed some level of optimism about job growth. The 69% also represents the highest level of optimism among HR professionals since the JOS survey was launched in January 2009.
  • In the second half of 2015, 42% of respondents expected hiring to occur at their organizations, unchanged from the second half of 2014. Among employer categories, large companies (those with 500 or more employees) were the most likely to add jobs (43% of those surveyed) in the second half of 2015.
  • In the first half of 2015, 49% of companies surveyed added jobs. More than half (51%) of privately owned for-profit companies created new positions as part of their hiring plans during the first half of the year.

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