Randstad Workplace Trends Survey Shows Skills Shortage Perceived Across Major Industries

  • jobs & the economy, workforce insights
  • June 13, 2014

According to a recent Randstad workplace trends survey of hiring managers across the United States, today’s workforce needs more on-the-job experience and greater soft skills. When asked about specific capacities that job candidates lack most, employers first point to job experience, soft skills and industry knowledge, followed by work ethic, right cultural fit and years of experience. Lack of education placed last across all sectors. 

Survey participants included executives representing engineering, finance and accounting, healthcare, human resources, information technology, manufacturing and logistics, office and administration, and pharmaceuticals. 

When asked to assess the skills of today’s workforce, two-thirds of respondents somewhat or strongly agree that a skills shortage exists, and slightly over one-half say the skills deficit has negatively impacted their businesses. Hiring managers also delivered a strong message that it’s difficult to find the right people for open positions and say their hiring processes would benefit from the addition of a skills assessment. 

As companies compete to attract and retain appropriately skilled workers candidates who demonstrate hands-on experience and tangible contributions to organizational goals will have the edge in today’s marketplace. 

Randstad is poised and ready to deliver highly skilled and qualified talent for a full range of positions. With the right talent on board, just think what more you could do to drive your business success.

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