Engineers, machinists and skilled trade workers are among the nation’s most challenging postitions to fill according to this year’s survey of the hardest jobs to fill, released annually by Manpower Inc., as reported by U.S. employers.
Jonas Prising, President of Manpower North America said, “From our research it is clear that across the country employers are experiencing a mismatch between the talent their businesses need and the skills and abilities potential employees possess.”
Included in the hardest jobs to fill are sales representatives, technicians, accountants/finance staff and new to the 2008 list are IT staff and production operators.
Again, we hear the reference to dealing with the “Baby Boomers” issue, and companies are being advised of the need to find a balance in attracting and retaining aging workers and at the same time initiating programs to target young professionals, especially those interested in technical and trade careers.
This survey coincides with the publication of the Manpower White Paper, Confronting the Talent Crunch: 2008, which highlights talent issues around the world and what businesses, government and individuals should be doing to adapt their human resource strategies.