Workers in the health care industry can expect job stability in the second half of 2013, along with a likely "surge" in temporary jobs, according to data released Thursday by CareerBuilder.
Full-time, permanent positions will also see a boost in the next six months, as health care organizations transition temps into larger roles. Jobs in the areas of technology, big data and social media will be of particular interest, according to the survey of more than 200 hiring managers and human resource professionals, conducted by Harris Interactive.
"While projected additions to full-time staffs have improved marginally from last year, temporary and part-time hiring is expected to grow much more rapidly," Jason Lovelace, president of CareerBuilder Healthcare, said in a press release. "This trend, along with an increase in health care employers planning on transitioning temporary employees to full-time roles over the next quarter, reflects the hesitation typical of a post-recession market, along with growing optimism that will continue as employers gain confidence in the economic recovery."
All told, about 51 percent of health care employers plan to bring on full-time, permanent employees before the year's end, up two percentage points from last year. Some 34 percent will hire part-time employees (28 percent last year), and 27 percent are bringing on temporary or contract workers (12 percent last year).
Here are a couple of other tidbits from the survey:
- Four of the top areas that health care employers are targeting the rest of the year include health informatics (37 percent), cloud technology (10 percent), social media (7 percent), and managing and interpreting big data (7 percent).
- Metropolitan areas are expected to far outpace their more isolated counterparts in hiring, with about 72 percent of big-city health care employers expecting to add staff in the last half of this year, compared to 42 percent in rural areas.
- About 27 percent of organizations expect to hire full-time employees in the third quarter of this year. On the flipside, some 12 percent plan to downsize their workforce, and 57 percent will keep staffing flat. The other 4 percent are undecided.