TODAY Money expert and msnbc.com senior writer Allison Linn chatted live with TODAYshow.com readers on Thursday afternoon about the job outlook for 2011.
Here are two questions from the sessi0n and the complete archive.
Ruth asks: I work as an EA in Silicon Valley for a private equity firm. I am used to seeing salaries and bonuses increase every year. Although it seems like the salaries have come down dramatically. Do you see that improving in the coming year?
Allison: As the economy improves, I do think we will see employers give small wage increases or increase hours before hiring new employees. In the end, employers don't want to lose their best workers. Still, I don't think we're going to see big raises or major bonuses for a while, because companies are still pretty nervous.
Miguel asks: Aany word on what kind of jobs will be created? While I can see some jobs opening up, most of them are for low-end, high-turnover retail or restaurant work.
Allison: It's definitely true that even as employers start hiring, they are offering temp jobs or entry-level type work, more to kind of dip their toe in than to commit to major hiring. However, we do hope to see more full-time, benefits-included jobs in the coming year.
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