Do companies plan to hire for driver jobs?

New labor predictions demonstrate that some companies may be hiring for driver jobs in the new year.

Nearly 55 percent of companies plan to hire in the coming year, according to a survey conducted by global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Fewer companies reported that economic fears and soft demand would negatively impact hiring.

Nine percent of companies stated low demand and economic uncertainty would slow hiring, compared to 24 percent of respondents who reported this in the 2017 survey.

Employers also report confidence in the economy this year, according to the survey. Over 63 percent of employers feel the economy is stronger than last year.

That’s compared to 47.6 percent who reported this in 2017.

Another 26.2 percent feel the economy is on par with last year, versus 49.2 percent who reported this in 2017.

In fact, employers at U.S.-based companies have announced 494,775 cuts through November, according to Challenger tracking.

That’s compared to 386,347 cuts announced through the same period last year. Meanwhile, 1,323 CEOs have left their posts through November, the most since 2008, when 1,361 CEOs left their posts through the same month.