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SHRM Jobs Outlook Survey (JOS)

The SHRM Jobs Outlook Survey (JOS) Report examines hiring and recruiting trends annually in the United States. It is based on a survey of more than 400 public and private-sector human resource professionals with a direct role in the staffing decisions at their respective companies. Respondents come from small, medium and large companies from around the U.S. and belong to a variety of for-profit, non-profit and government entities.

Key findings from second half of 2014 (July – December)

Organizations' plans to change staff levels in second half of 2014 (July - December) %
Increase total staff 42%
Maintain total staff 43%
Decrease total staff 9%

Source: SHRM Jobs Outlook Survey Second Half of 2014

HR professionals’ optimism on overall job growth in the United States in second half of 2014 (July – December) %
Very optimistic about job growth 14%
Somewhat optimistic about job growth 50%
Neither optimistic nor pessimistic about job growth 24%
Somewhat pessimistic about job growth, anticipating job losses 10%
Very pessimistic about job growth, anticipating job losses 2%

Source: SHRM Jobs Outlook Survey Second Half of 2014

Previous Jobs Outlook Surveys

Jobs Outlook Survey Second Half of 2014


  • A total of 64% of respondents had some level of confidence in the U.S. job market for the second half of 2014 and expected job growth: 50% were somewhat optimistic about job growth in the United States, and another 14% were very optimistic and anticipated job growth during the last half of the year. That represents a modest increase from the fourth quarter of 2013, when a combined 55% of respondents expressed some level of optimism about job growth. The 64% also represents the highest level of optimism among HR professionals since the JOS survey was launched in January 2009.
  • In the second half of 2014, 42% of respondents expected hiring to occur at their organizations, up from 35% in the fourth quarter of 2013. Among employer categories, small companies (those with one to 99 employees) were the most likely to add jobs (46% of those surveyed) in the second half of 2014.
  • In the first half of 2014, 50% of companies surveyed added jobs, up from 44% in the second quarter of 2013. Another 35% maintained staffing levels during the January-to-June timeframe, and 14% of organizations cut jobs during that time.

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