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Maybe you’ve been too busy watching Shark Week, celebrating the U.S. women’s soccer team win, or crying over Ben and Jennifer’s breakup (while secretly hoping he gets back together with JLo … oh wait, that’s just me?). But newsflash – half of the year has come and gone. And that means it’s time for CareerBuilder’s annual midyear forecast, which predicts hiring trends for the remainder of 2015.

Here are some of the highlights from the rosy outlook:

1. Hiring for all types of positions increasing
Whether you’re looking for a full-time, part-time or temporary/contract position, you’re in luck. Hiring is on an upswing from 2014. According to the study:

  • 49 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the second half of 2015, up from 47 percent last year
  • 28 percent plan to hire part-time employees in the second half of 2015, up from 27 percent last year
  • 34 percent plan to hire temporary or contract workers in the second half of 2015, up from 33 percent last year

2. Starting salaries on the rise
Many employers plan to increase compensation for new workers, perhaps indicating that they’re facing stiffer competition for qualified employees and are stepping up their efforts to nab them. Nearly half of employers (47 percent) expect to increase starting salaries on job offers over the next 12 months, with around 1 in 6 raising starting wages by 5 percent or more.

3. IT and health care continue hot hiring streak
It’s no secret that information technology and health care workers have been in high demand over the past several years, and that trend doesn’t appear to be dissipating any time soon. According to the study, 56 percent of information technology employers and 56 percent of health care employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the back half of 2015, outperforming the national average.

Other areas expected to experience healthy hiring include financial services (52 percent), manufacturing (52 percent) and retail (50 percent).

4. Emerging fields in need of workers
Customer service (31 percent), sales (23 percent) and IT (22 percent) top the list of functional areas most in-need of workers in the second half of 2015. If you drill down to specifics, though, emerging fields are some of the most in-demand areas employers will be recruiting for, including: mobile, search or cloud technology; cybersecurity; social media; managing and interpreting big data; content strategy for the Web; alternative energy sources and robotics.

5. More workers planning their exits
The survey found that 3 in 10 workers (29 percent) plan to change jobs in the next 12 months, up from 25 percent last year. While this isn’t necessarily welcome news for employers, it is another sign of a strengthening economy. If workers are looking to leave, that means they have confidence in the job market and believe that another, better-suited (and potentially better-paying) position is available.

Want to learn more? Download the full report here.

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