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Fall 2018 Hiring Index Survey:
Staying Positive - Capital Region Companies Maintain Optimistic Job Outlook

Alaant Hiring Index Survey, Fall 2018

Alaant recently conducted our fall hiring index and found that 71% of companies are optimistic about job growth

Asked about plans for hiring to finish 2018 and start the New Year, 58% of employers said they expect to add jobs. This is good news for job seekers in the Capital Region.

As we are in one of the tightest labor markets in history, these results really speak to the strength and diversity of the region’s economy. 

But it will continue to be important for companies to stand out in terms of their brand and culture as well as be proactive (execute a thoughtful recruiting strategy vs. one-off recruiting tactics) about attracting and retaining key talent to their workforce. We know this continues to be an area of concern.
75% of employers expect hiring to be either a significant challenge or challenging over the next 6 months, up from 60% in the spring.

Here is what continues to affect employers' ability to hire: 


of employers identified salary and wage demands.


cited the skills gap as a major challenge.

Employers are seeing encouraging signs as well: 


are finding qualified candidates right here in the Capital Region.


said they are finding candidates both in and out of the region.

These results are nearly identical with findings in the spring hiring index survey.

These are the fields where job opportunities are expanding the fastest and showing the most growth:


Information Technology



More about the 2018 Alaant Fall Hiring Index

The Alaant Hiring Index gives companies unique insight into the Capital Region’s technology job markets. Hiring managers use it to help develop strategies to recruit and retain a highly skilled workforce.

Conducted between October 2 and 18, Alaant collected responses from 88 human resource and hiring managers – split evenly between those from companies with more or less than 200 employees. The next index will be released in spring 2019.

About the Author

Miriam Dushane

Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner

Miriam is all in when it comes to doing whatever she can to help the Capital District grow and thrive. She is passionate about helping talented professionals find the right job and her work in the community is focused on furthering our area as a center of economic vitality. Miriam likes to garden and care for her pets. She is a member of an adult-only skate group where she rollerblades every week. She loves the Mets! And she is obsessed with vacuum cleaners; she really likes to vacuum and has 6 right now.

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