Businesses Hiring, But Not Like Before

While many companies have begun hiring again post-recession, they are not hiring at the levels they were pre-recession, according to a recent MSNBC article.

“The main issue is that businesses don’t believe that demand for their products or services is going to be very strong over the next few years,” Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist with Capital Economics, says in the article. “It doesn’t make sense (to add) to your cost basis by taking on more workers.”

While many of the employees who have been hired come from temporary staffing firms, there are still fewer employees overall, and companies have been pickier about whom they hire, Becca Dernberger, vice president with the staffing firm Manpower, says in the article.

Companies want to make sure that every person they hire is the exact right fit for a job, she says in the article. They also are increasingly looking for very specialized skills for dealing with new technologies and functions.

“Companies are looking for really, really good people,” she says in the article.

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