UMass report: More than half of major employers are not altering their hiring plans

Findings by the University of Massachusetts Amherst career development office provide modestly encouraging news for new job seekers. The numbers nonetheless reflect the profound impact of the coronavirus pandemic on hiring. They paint a picture of jobs becoming available, but delayed in many situations as companies use staff for remote work or, in some cases, freeze hiring. According to Career Development and Professional Connections findings, 80 percent of employers in April said they were honoring full-time offers, though some said they have delayed start dates. A follow-up survey in May showed that 52.6% said they had no plan to change their hiring, while 31.7% said they are delaying start-dates or starting with remote work.

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