Young people about to interview for jobs. Employers say they expect to boost pay for new workers and for existing staff; 45 percent plan to increase starting salaries on new job offers as the year wanes. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It’s a relatively good time to be looking for a job, according to CareerBuilder’s midyear job forecast. That’s because 63 percent of employers are still planning to hire full-time, permanent workers in the second half of the year—and that’s up from the 60 percent who did so last year.

And it’s getting tougher for employers, who are increasingly planning on offering higher salaries and even a range of perks to tempt prospective candidates: everything from signing bonuses and extra paid time off to free lunches and the ability to work remotely.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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