More than one-quarter of the Nebraska businesses taking part in the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey anticipate adding workers soon.
Manpower spokeswoman Karen Miller says 95% of the state’s employers that were surveyed plan to hire more employees or maintain their current workforce levels between July and September.
Miller says, “Twenty-seven percent of the employers we surveyed plan on increasing staff while only three-percent plan on decreasing staff.”
The fact so many employers intend to hire more workers means companies will face a lot of competition for top talent.
“If they’re going to be hunting and trying to find the right talent to fill their open opportunities, they’re going to have to get aggressive,” Miller said. “They’re going to have to make sure they’re competitive with their salaries and benefit offerings.”
In addition, Miller suggests employers consider hiring candidates with “transferable skills” who can be taught to fill needs within the company.
The 27% of Nebraska employers who plan to add workers over the third quarter of 2015 compares to 22% in the survey conducted one year ago.
Iowa, North Dakota, Michigan and Virginia were the top four performing states in the latest Manpower survey.