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Manufacturers Report Difficulty Hiring

Today’s Energy Solutions (04/12)

The Society for Human Resource Management reports that more than two-thirds of the manufacturers that were hiring late in 2011 reported difficulty finding skilled workers for specific openings. SHRM’s Ongoing Impact of the Recession Poll, which surveyed 360 randomly selected human resource professionals from the manufacturing industry in late August and early September 2011, found that 75% of respondents from the manufacturing industry were hiring last fall, an increase from 51% in 2010.

However, 68% of those hiring reported difficulty recruiting for specific job openings. The positions most difficult to fill in the manufacturing industry were positions such as technicians and programmers (89%); engineers (88%); skilled trades (electricians and carpenters) (83%); and managers and executives (80%). When recruiting for jobs that required new and different skills, more organizations were having difficulty finding qualified individuals in 2011 (72%) compared with 2010 (43%).