The fact that more than 12 million Americans are without work while employers simultaneously face a labor shortage has become a fascination for me. Every time I write about it, people ask “How is this even possible?”
Employers are struggling right now to fill jobs that require skilled (or talented) workers,
according to a survey by Manpower Group. Half the employers told Manpower they have trouble finding people to fill positions.
American companies aren’t the only ones with this problem. Thirty-five percent of companies worldwide said they have real difficulty finding talented individuals to fill the jobs they’re advertising.
The Huffington Post notes there is possibly one good piece of news in this report:
“The skills shortage could be a good thing for baby boomers. Retraining for a second career could not only provide much needed job security, but also help workers build up a retirement fund that may have been depleted while unemployed, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.”
Here are the top ten jobs with the greatest need for talented people:
- Skilled Trades
- IT Staff
- Sales Representatives
- Accounting and Finance Staff
- Machinists/Machine Operators