Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals

January 28, 2015 08:53 ET

Survey Reveals Which Sectors Are Hiring in Q1 Where Job Seekers Should Be Looking

Commercial and Light Industrial Leads the Way

32% of Respondents Report No Plans to Hire in Q1

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA--(Marketwired - Jan. 28, 2015) - Express Employment Professionals, the United States and Canada's largest franchised staffing company, today released survey results that reveal which sectors plan to hire in the first quarter of 2015. According to the survey of more than 400 businesses, commercial and light industrial will see the most hiring.

Respondents were asked, "In which of the following areas do you plan to hire people in the first quarter?" Thirty-nine per cent reported "commercial and light industrial," 18% said "administrative and office clerical," and 10 per cent said engineering. Fourteen percent reported they were hiring in a sector other than the ones listed, while a full 32 per cent said "none." Full results are below.

"When you're looking for work, it's important to look in the right place. Our latest survey indicates that job seekers may have the best luck in the commercial and light industrial sector—at least in the first quarter of this year," said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

"It's also important to remember that these trends can change from quarter to quarter," Funk added.

"One disappointing observation from this survey is that 32 per cent of respondents don't plan to hire in the first quarter of 2015. It's an important reminder that many businesses still face challenges in this economy, making it difficult for them to expand."

To view the survey associated with this press release, please visit the following link:

The survey of 404 businesses was conducted in December 2014 and January 2015. The respondents are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals.

If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Kellie Major at (613) 222-7488.

About Robert A. Funk

Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has nearly 700 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than five million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve.

About Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated more than $2.5 billion in sales and employed nearly 400,000 people in 2013. Express ranks as the largest franchised staffing company and second largest privately held staffing company in North America. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually.

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