A recent survey of small to medium-sized businesses revealed an optimistic future for the coming year, with expected increases in hiring, sales and compensation. If you're planning to hire, post on 40+ job boards for free with Ziprecruiter.

Results from a survey conducted by Insperity this quarter reveal surprising hiring improvements amongst SMBs as compared to last quarter. Small to medium-sized businesses predict a sizeable increase in hiring and a drop in lay-offs:

SMBs that plan to add employees have increased by 12%:

  • October 2012 (Then): 28%
  • April 2013 (Now): 40%

SMBs that plan to lay off employees have decreased by 4%:

  • Then: 9%
  • Now: 5%

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Hiring looks promising, but the positivity doesn’t stop there; SMBs have also been experiencing an uptick in general performance:

More companies are meeting or exceeding performance plans:

  • Then: 71%
  • Now: 74%

Fewer companies are doing worse than expected:

  • Then: 29%
  • Now: 26%

There has also been a 3.7% boost in compensation since last quarter, and a gain in expected sales:

7% more small businesses expect sales to increase in 2013:

  • Then: 52%
  • Now: 59%

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Source: Insperity