Over the first half of 2013, hiring managers say they plan to hire at a modest pace, according to a national survey by Dice Holdings Inc., a provider of specialized websites for professional communities.

In fact, 46 percent of respondents say they anticipate bringing in more employees during the first half of 2013 when compared to the second half of 2012. Today's economy has no effect on hiring plans, 44 percent of respondents say, though the split on the pace of recruiting reveals that employers remain unsure about the future.

"As opposed to a fresh start, employers and employees seem to be entering 2013 ready to hold on to the status quo," says Scot Melland, chairman, president and CEO of Dice Holdings. "While it may feel like a good amount of running in place, it's important to remember more than 1.3 million private-sector jobs have been created this year, and business conditions point to continued modest job growth. If greater confidence returns, I firmly believe hiring managers and professionals will be emboldened to act more decisively."

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