Most employers in the United States will retain the employees they have at least for Q3 2009, according to a poll conducted by Harris Interactive for Careerbuilder and USA Today. Of the 2667 hiring managers surveyed, 15 percent plan to increase their full time permanent staff, 68 percent plan no change, and only 10 percent will decrease their employee numbers.

Employers’ concentrations on cutting recruiting and staffing costs include the postponement of start dates for new hires, mandatory furloughs of one to seven days for current staff, pay cuts, revision of sick policies, and fewer perks and benefits. In spite of financial woes, however, 41 percent of surveyed employers reported plans for full time pay increases.

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