Mechanics, technicians and machine
operators are among the nation's most sought-after workers, according to
survey findings released March 29 by Manpower Inc. The employment services
company also found that 41 percent of
The 10 hardest-to-fill jobs, as
1. Sales representative (1)*
4. Technician (4)
5. Management/executive (10)
6. Truck driver (7)
7. Driver/delivery (7)
8. Accountant (5)
10. Machine operator
* Rank in 2006 Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill
"With the variety of positions employers are struggling to fill, it seems like job seekers should have little trouble finding work," said Jonas Prising, president of Manpower North America. "Yet on a daily basis, we hear from clients who can't find the right people for open positions and candidates who are struggling to get hired. The reality is that the talent crunch is more complex than a shortage of people. To bridge the talent gap, we must dig deeper and consider issues such as skill levels, geographic dispersion and demographics."
Manpower surveyed more than 2,400
In the 2007 study, 41 percent of
Sales representatives topped the list of hardest-to-fill jobs for the second straight year as companies rely on experienced sales staff to propel future growth. Teachers and mechanics replaced engineers and nurses/healthcare workers in the second- and third-place positions this year.
"Even though some jobs fell off the top 10 list, demand for these positions still exists," said Prising. "We know that employers are attempting to manage their talent requirements through a variety of strategies, including outsourcing, offshoring and technology, due to the fact that the pressure to meet production and financial goals remains despite talent shortages."
As employers balance efficiency
strategies with the growing difficulty of hiring the right people, many are
changing their approach to hiring and retention, according to Melanie Holmes,
Manpower vice president of corporate affairs for
"Employers are seeing more and more rejected job offers, creating a healthy competition as companies vie for top talent. As a result of this, employers are revising policies and enhancing benefits in areas as common as flexible scheduling to non-traditional offerings like take-home meals and onsite yoga classes. We anticipate more and increasingly creative cultural changes as companies take the steps necessary to distinguish themselves in the eyes of employees," said Holmes.
The survey announcement coincides with the publication of the Manpower white paper, “Confronting the Talent Crunch: 2007”, updated since its original publication in 2006. The white paper highlights the growing talent shortages around the world and what businesses, government and individuals should be doing to adapt their human resource strategies.
Visit http://www.hardestjobstofill.com/ for more information about Manpower's 2007 Talent Crunch Survey.