Even in a Down Economy, These Jobs Are Hard To Fill

June 6, 2012  |  

You’d think in this economy, it would only be the jobseekers that are having difficulties, but according to a survey by staffing firm ManpowerGroup, 49 percent of employers in all industries are having difficulty filling open positions. It seems unbelievable, especially given as MSNBC reports, that millions of people are so desperate for jobs, but 55 percent of employers say they have trouble filling jobs due to a lack of applicants. A second cause is compensation; 54 percent of employers say applicants are looking for more pay than the job offers. A third cause is experience. Because of the job cuts employers made during the recession, the workers left on the payroll were forced to transform and expand their skill-set, and as they picked up new responsibilities, the jobs that were cut became nonexistent. Instead jobs these days have changed to include higher pay and a higher skill-set.

“Talent is elusive, and the reason is there is a great divide between the talent available and the talent desired by employers,” Melanie Holmes, a vice president at ManpowerGroup said to MSNBC. “To put it simply, there is a talent mismatch.”

Among the hardest jobs to fill, according to ManpowerGroup, accounting and finance staff, IT personnel and sales representatives. In addition drivers and positions in the skilled trades such as carpenters, plumbers and electricians are also hard to fill.

“Many skilled tradespeople are older and beginning to retire,” Homles said. “As we’re losing workers to retirement, we’re finding that there is not enough young talent to fill the ranks. We have seen less emphasis on steering youth toward vocational and technical programs over the last 20 years, and now we’re feeling the impact.”

These days, many young people look down upon skilled trades and place more focus on jobs that require a higher level of academic education. The mindset around these positions must change as jobs in plumbing and welding generally offer room for growth and opportunity as well as a sustainable income.

There is also a location problem. In some areas, it may be difficult to find a skilled trader while in others they have trouble finding jobs. Other jobs that are hard to fill due to location are engineers and teachers. In order to land these jobs, it’s best to research the places where people are needed in these areas.

“Job seekers are also responsible for their futures,” Holmes said to MSNBC. “It’s critical that young people complete high school and pursue additional training, whether it’s through a four-year college or a vocational program. Mid-career individuals also need to have a training mindset, continually sharpening and expanding their skill sets to increase their employability.”

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