Emerging Trends for Workers

A few worker trends from CareerBuilder’s Q4 2008 job forecast:

  • Workers are taking on second jobs. How else to pay for the increased cost of gas and food? About 25% of workers are considering a second job, while 9% already have taken on a second job in 2008 to help make ends meet.
  • Workers are postponing active job search and proceeding with caution. Most are not actively pursuing a change in employment, with 38% saying they will likely stay at their current jobs for at least one year, and 41% saying they plan to stay with their present employers until retirement.
  • Workers are taking measures to improve prospects down the line. About 26% of workers plan to go back to school to obtain a degree, certification, or other training.

The survey also finds a slight decrease in the number of employers planning to add new, full-time workers in the next three months (23%, a decline from the previous quarter); 10% plan to decrease headcount; 63% anticipate no change; and 4% are undecided.

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Elaine Rigoli has nearly 15 years of experience managing content and community for various B2B and consumer websites. Elaine has written thousands of business and technology articles and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and eWeek, among other publications.


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