From Kennedy Information DataWatch:
Emerging trends for workers
Workers are taking on second jobs
Five percent of employers said their companies have required employees to take an unpaid leave of absence in the past six months as a cost-saving measure. In the wake of rising prices around energy, food and healthcare, nearly one-in-ten workers (9 percent) have taken on a second job in 2008 to help make ends meet. Twenty-four percent are considering it.
Workers are postponing active job search
As workers await an upswing in economic performance and job creation, they are proceeding with caution. While the majority of workers said they would be open to a new job opportunity if they came across the right one, they are not actively pursuing a change in employment. Thirty-eight percent expect they will likely stay at their current jobs for at least one year while 41 percent plan to stay with their present employers until retirement. This could pose additional challenges for the 34 percent of employers who reported they are having a hard time finding qualified candidates, especially in highly-skilled areas.
Workers are taking measures to improve prospects down the line
To make themselves more marketable inside and outside of their companies, 26 percent of workers plan to go back to school to obtain a degree, certification or other training. Of those who plan to go back to school, 32 percent want to pursue a bachelor's degree while 10 percent are going back for their MBA and 12 percent are going back for a master's degree in another field.
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Hiring in Q3 2008
Hiring in Q4 2008
Hiring by region
Hiring by company size
Compensation in Q4 2008
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