Posted by Cynthia Kong on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 08:52
Want to find out what the administrative job market will look like this year? Here are some key takeaways from the recent OfficeTeam webinar.
OfficeTeam Executive Director Robert Hosking recently discussed hiring and salary trends for the U.S. and Canada this year in a webinar, "Top Administrative Hiring and Salary Trends to Watch for in 2015."
In case you weren’t able to join us for the live event, below is a recap of some of the key takeaways for the administrative job market. You can also watch the recording of the webinar to get more hiring and job search tips, including salary negotiation advice whether you're a worker or employer.
Here are 5 administrative hiring trends to keep an eye for:
1. Competition is growing more intense for the best workers. As more job options become available for skilled candidates, companies need to move fast or risk losing out. Organizations are also upping salaries, benefits and perks to secure and retain top talent.
2. Companies are hiring support staff as business picks up. Experienced executive and administrative assistants are in demand, as are customer service, HR and administrative healthcare professionals. In some areas, real estate, construction, manufacturing and other sectors are also on an upswing and expanding their administrative teams.
3. Temporary-to-full-time arrangements are popular. Many companies are bringing in temporary workers to cover immediate needs and determine fit for the job and corporate culture before offering full-time roles.
4. Employers are looking for more than just technical skills. They want administrative workers who demonstrate strong communication abilities, initiative and professionalism, and have industry experience. Familiarity with social media is also coveted.
5. Those with certifications and in-demand skills can command a higher salary. Employers often will pay more if a candidate has a Certified Administrative Professional designation, Microsoft Office Specialist certification or expert multilingual abilities.
What other hiring and salary trends do you think we'll see in the administrative job market this year?