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U.S. Companies Still Whining About Lack Of Qualified Applicants

ManpowerGroup's sixth-annual Talent Shortage Survey is out today and 52% of U.S. employers say they can't find enough qualified people for their "mission-critical positions" -- a 14% increase over the same survey last year.

ManpowerGroup surveyed 1,300 U.S. companies.

So no one is qualified to do anything anymore, apparently. In fact, the survey finds the number of employers trying in vain to fill positions is at "an all-time survey high" and "U.S. employers are struggling to find available talent more than their global counterparts."

But what kinds of jobs are so hard to fill? According to the survey, the ten hardest jobs for employers to hire for in 2011 are skilled trades, sales representatives, nurses, technicians, drivers, restaurant and hotel staff, management/executives, engineers, doctors and other non-nursing professions, and customer service representatives.

Okay, hold on a minute, ManpowerGroup: I get it with engineers, doctors and nurses --- jobs that require years of schooling, entrance exams and professional certifications – but companies are trying to sell us on the meme that they can't find (overly)qualified people for "mission critical positions" such as drivers, waiters, hotel staff, and customer service and sales representatives? In this economy?

Hmm. Perhaps employers are being way too picky and they don't want to invest heavily in training and salaries? As ManpowerGroup's own press release tells us: "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." So salary requests rank ahead of both skill level and experience as employers' top reason for turning away applicants. I rest my case.

You can access the full report here.


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