THE BUSINESS JOURNAL. MAY 27, 2013. The number of U.S. employers struggling to find staff with the right skills dropped 10 percent this year, according to the eighth annual talent shortage survey byManpowerGroup.
Of the 1,000 U.S. employers surveyed, 39 percent said they’re having trouble finding staff, down from 49 percent last year. The problem remains more acute in the U.S. than other countries, with 35 percent of international peers saying they’re having difficulty finding the right people to fill roles, ManpowerGroup said.
Nearly half of U.S. employers said they recognize that talent shortages hamper their ability to serve clients and customers, ManpowerGroup found.
“Our survey results demonstrate that U.S. employers have awakened to the realities of the talent shortage and are implementing innovative strategies to work through the business challenges it brings,” said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup president. “However, year after year, we see little difference in the roles employers have trouble filling. As talent shortages in key areas persist, we need to focus on training programs that create opportunity for employers to fill their talent gaps and for job seekers to obtain an in-demand skill and achieve employment security.”
For the fourth straight year, skilled trades topped the list of toughest positions to fill for U.S. employers.
Sales representatives, drivers, information technology staff and accounting and finance staff rounded out the top five.
U.S. employers said the skills gap includes candidates who lack technical competencies and hard skills (48 percent said), candidates lacking soft skills (33 percent) and a lack of available candidates (32 percent).
The initiatives implemented to address the issue include boosting training for existing staff, recruiting from “untapped talent pools” and hiring people with the potential to learn and “grow into a job,” ManpowerGroup said.
“The improvement in the U.S. talent shortage is encouraging because it tells us companies will not allow talent mismatches to hamper business growth,” Prising said. “Rather, employers are becoming more willing to invest in existing talent to help them advance and also broadening their approach to sourcing new talent, both of which are starting to ease the strain of the talent shortage.”
Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) is a global staffing and employment services firm.