Projected Managerial Hirings Up in First Half of 2005

January 11, 2005 ( - Manager and professional worker hirings in the first half of 2005 are expected to continue to rise, according to a survey by Management Recruiters International (MRI).

The 55 th International Hiring Survey, done every half year, shows that 59.3% of participants plan to make new hires in the first six months of 2005, up 1.1% from the last half of 2004. This is an 11.7% increase over the same time last year, according to a press release from the company.

Almost 37% of those surveyed plan to keep their current staff sizes, which is down 0.4% from the last half of 2004. However, only 3.9% plan to decrease staff size, which is also down from the last six months.

By industry, construction is the most optimistic for the next six months, with 79.1% projecting new hires at the managerial and professional level. Following this are consumer goods (69%), aerospace/aviation (62.5%), manufacturing/production (57.2%), health care (54.2%), and automotive (47.5%).

Size seems to have little affect on plans to hire new managerial and professional staff, according to the news release. Although companies with 251 to 500 employees have the highest projected increase (63%) on average, no other company size deviates from this figure more than 9.6%.

The survey, conducted by Management Recruiters International ( ) is a search and recruitment organization with system wide annual billings of $400 million.