Kathleen Hannigan Orcutt (KHO) is a human resources and staffing industry veteran with over three decades of experience. As President of Preferred Staffing & Recruiting, her keen understanding of the news and views that help shape the industry has earned her a reputation as a trusted advisor and thought leader.
PS&R: Is spring a good time to hire?
KHO: Absolutely! After four storms in three weeks, employers are anxious to move forward. There is a lot of pent up demand and we’re very busy.
PS&R: How can employers find the best talent in this tight labor market?
KHO: Don’t go it alone. It really is a jungle out there. We specialize in delivering hard-to-find candidates with skills that tick off the boxes on your wish list, and we make the hiring process so much easier.
PS&R: Do you think we’ll see any growth in wages?
KHO: I think it’s important to remember that 2018 marks a decade out since the Financial Crisis. Many business owners have learned important lessons leading to solid improvements and new ways of doing business. Increasing wages is the next step and I do think we’ll begin to see that happen over the next two quarters.
PS&R: Who is hiring?
We’re doing more business with employers in engineering, biotech and other technical professions. Demand is high for civil and structural engineers, and as new grads enter the marketplace hiring will continue at a brisk pace. Hiring is also strong and steady in the business sector and in education and health care.
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