Mechanics and automotive technicians are among the hardest employees to find, according to the Manpower Group, a global outsourcing and workplace consulting firm.
The firm’s 2015 Talent Shortage Survey put “skilled trade workers” like mechanics, chefs, butchers, and electricians, at the top of the list of hard-to-fill jobs.
It is the fourth year in a row that skilled trade workers topped the list. The annual survey draws its conclusions from interviews with 41,700 hiring managers in 42 countries.
Following skilled trade workers on the list are sales representatives, engineers, technicians, and drivers.
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According to the Talent Shortage Survey, the biggest reasons for the difficulty in hiring skilled trade workers is a lack of available applicants (according to 35% of respondents), lack of technical competencies (34%), and lack of experience (22%).
More telling, perhaps, is employee response to the problem. More than 20% of hiring managers are not pursuing any special strategy to fill job vacancies. Fewer than 10% have adopted new recruitment strategies designed specially for their workplaces.
In Canada, about a third (32%) of Canadian employers surveyed say they’re encountering difficulties in hiring the workers they need.
“Talent shortages are real and are not going away,” said Kip Wright, senior vice president, Manpower North America. “As the struggle to find the right talent continues, and candidates with in-demand skills get the upper hand, employers will be under pressure to position themselves as ‘talent destinations’ to attract the best workers that will drive their business forward.”
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