Despite the weak job market, two thirds of about 100 U.S. companies say they can’t fill key positions, according to Right Management, a recruitment service for Manpower Group.
Seventy percent of organizations reported they found it hard to recruit for certain jobs, while 25 percent said it was somewhat difficult.
“The latest findings are consistent with data gathered globally by Right Management parent Manpower Group,” said Tim Mooney, talent practice leader for the Midwest for Right Management. “U.S. employers have been facing greater recruitment challenges than firms in most industrialized nations with the exception of Japan. The problem is what’s been described as a ‘talent mismatch’ with prospective job applicants lacking technical competencies or hard skills required by specific industries.”
Companies are responding to the challenge in many ways, Mooney said.
“There has been a steady rise in the contingent workforce, as well as efforts to expand the skills of current employees,” he said. “There is also a growing trend toward hiring the ‘teachable fit’ – individuals without all the prerequisite job skills, but who have the potential to grow into a specialized role.”