Based on a survey among Kansas City’s 150 largest private companies, it appears more good news than bad is on the horizon for jobs within the next year (“Top 150 Area Private Companies: Looking Ahead” Kansas City Business Journal, 5/10/13–5/16/13, p. 21). The survey indicates 6% of private companies plan to hire to maintain staff, 71% plan to hire to increase staff, and only 23% plan to do no hiring. While a wide variety of open positions are cited, the heavy hitters involve customer service, account management, information technology, project management, and sales.
The fact that most of these companies plan to increase staff is encouraging. I remember fairly recently many companies had significant cash on their books because they were too nervous to hire anyone. They did not like the economy’s volatility and they could not stomach the uncertainty involving healthcare. While these two items certainly remain moving targets, the good news is companies are forging ahead with their expansion plans anyway. That is good news Kansas City can embrace today.