Looking ahead to 2017? With the new year approaching, some HR trends have already begun to emerge. For one, research from LinkedIn found that more than half of recruiters say their hiring volume will increase in 2017 – but the rate seems to be on a downward trend from a high of 61% in 2015. One reason might be sluggish economic recovery. The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development says that “employment is set to return to pre-crisis levels in 2017.” That’s good, obviously, but it has also taken nearly a decade and “wage growth remains weak.” In fact, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) projects a tepid 3% increase in salary budgets for 2017.