HOUSTON, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Murray Resources, a leading recruiting and staffing firm based in Houston, Texas, released the results of the company’s inaugural Houston hiring outlook survey.
The survey was distributed to Murray Resources’ clients, business colleagues, and through the company’s social media channels. 60 Houston company leaders and executives, HR staff, and hiring managers completed the survey.
“The purpose of the study was to gain a preliminary understanding of the general economic climate and staffing outlook facing Houston companies in 2012,” said Marsha Murray, President of Murray Resources.
One of the survey’s key measures – “economic expectations facing their company” – indicates a climate of cautious optimism. Almost two thirds (62%) of respondents expect the economic conditions facing their companies to get “moderately better” in 2012, while 12% reported that they expect the economic conditions to get “significantly better.”
Ms. Murray continued, “While Houston has certainly not been immune to the economic challenges employers have faced over the last several years, the results of the survey continue to demonstrate the city’s relative economic health and optimism going into 2012.”
Additional key insights from the study:
-The majority of respondents expect a moderate increase in hiring over the next 12 months. 62% expect a moderate increase in hiring over the next year.
– Attracting qualified talent continues to be a significant human resource challenge for Houston companies. 60% of respondents anticipate their company’s ability to attract qualified employees to be their biggest staffing challenge in the coming 12 months.
– Respondents expect Operations to undertake the greatest hiring growth in the next 12 months. 38% of respondents expect moderately more hiring in the Operations area of their company.
– Over half of employers anticipate an increase in hiring full-time employees during 2012. 58% of respondents expect a moderate increase in full-time employees in the coming year.
Approximately half of those who completed the survey (49%) are in Director level positions or above at their companies. The respondents were drawn from a highly diverse range of industries, with twenty-one different industries selected and an additional fifteen respondents writing in an unlisted industry.
To download the complete report, please visit: http://www.murrayresources.com/employers/hiring-outlook-report-2012/.
For information on Murray Resource’s recruiting and staffing services, please visit http://www.murrayresources.com/employers
By Tim Spagnola
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