In what may portend a happier 2011 for recruiters, a story in today’s Wall Street Journal profiles three companies that are adding to their recruiting staffs in anticipation of greater hiring needs for the coming year.
Sodexo USA has added three recruiters to its staff of 55 and currently has two additional openings for recruiters, according to the story, while BASF Corp. plans to add at least four full-time recruiters in Q1 of 2011. McGladrey, a Minnesota-based accounting and consulting firm, has added the equivalent of 9 recruiters to its recruiting staff of 30 or so.
The story cites a survey released this summer from CLC Recruiting, a unit of the Corporate Executive Board, which found that half the companies plan to increase their recruiting staffs while 19 percent planned to shrink them through May 2011. That compares to last year’s survey, which found only 6 percent planned to increase their recruiting ranks while a quarter planned to shrink them.
This is certainly good news compared to earlier this year, when many companies were still shrinking their learning and development staffs as well as their recruiting functions. Here’s hoping 2011 is a robust year for everyone—recruiters, employees and chief HR officers alike.