Almost a third of U.S. employers—32%—report that they are having a hard time filling job vacancies because they can’t find skilled candidates. That bad news used to be worse: In 2014, the ManPower Group’s annual Talent Shortage Survey found 40% of employers having trouble attracting skilled workers.
For the sixth straight year, survey respondents said skilled trade vacancies were the hardest to fill, followed by commercial drivers, teachers, sales representatives and administrative staff.
When asked why they are struggling to fill certain jobs, employers cited a lack of applicants (33%), lack of experience (19%) and lack of technical competencies or hard skills (17%).
Forty-three percent of employers said talent shortages negatively affect their ability to meet customer needs.