A majority of U.S. businesses expecting to add jobs in 2013

Hiring at U.S. companies may be poised to take off in 2013, according to a new survey of 618 organizations by Talentkeepers.

Among respondents, 51 percent confirmed they were planning to hire during 2013, while 31 percent intended to leave staff levels unchanged. Only 19 percent of those polled said they planned layoffs for the coming year, while 11 percent said they were looking to make major staff expansions.

“More companies are stabilizing major business strategies as well as human resources practices, such as compensation and benefits, showing less urgency to react to changes in the economy and a greater focus on executing current plans,” said Talentkeepers CEO Christopher Mulligan.

A separate survey carried out by Express Employment Professionals (EEP) confirmed that employers may be moving towards more hiring in the coming year. According to their quarterly hiring intentions reports, a majority of employers are planning new hires during the second quarter of 2013. The report further noted that new talent has been hard to find for some business, with 54 percent reporting difficulty filling positions with qualified applicants.

“In today’s economy, it’s more important than ever for companies to retain their top talent because of the difficulty in finding skilled workers,” said EEP CEO Bob Funk.