Survey: More than half of employers can't find the right talent

Posted on May 19, 2011 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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ManpowerGroup released its sixth annual Talent Shortage Survey today, revealing that 52 percent of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their organizations, up from 14 percent in 2010.

The number of employers struggling to fill positions is at an all-time survey high despite an unemployment rate that has diminished only marginally during the last year.

According to the more than 1,300 U.S. employers surveyed, the jobs that are most difficult to fill include skilled trades, sales representatives and engineers, all of which have appeared on the U.S. list multiple times in the past. The survey also highlights the most common reasons employers say they are having trouble filling jobs, including candidates looking for more pay than is offered, lack of technical skills and lack of experience.

In the United States, the top 5 hardest jobs to fill include:

  1. Skilled trades
  2.  Sales representatives
  3. Engineers
  4. Drivers
  5. Accounting and finance staff