More than one-third (35 per cent) of hiring managers in the United States currently have positions that have remained open for 12 weeks or longer, according to a poll by CareerBuilder.
“Although the recession created an abundant pool of readily-available, unemployed talent that still exists today, employers are struggling to find new employees for technology-related occupations, sales, health care and a variety of other areas,” said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. “The skills gap that exists for high-growth, specialized occupations will become even more pronounced in the years to come, prompting the need to place a greater emphasis on re-skilling workers through formal education and on-the-job training.”
Two in five employers (41 per cent) reported that they continuously recruit throughout the year, so that they have candidates in their pipeline in case a position opens up down the road, found the poll of 2,000 hiring managers in the U.S.
Most difficult to fill jobs:
• Marketing professional: 57,045 new jobs; 11.3 per cent growth
• Software developer: 103,708 new jobs; 11.2 per cent growth
• Machine operator/assembler/production worker: 135,363 new jobs added from 2010 to 2013; 9.9 per cent growth
• IT manager/network administrator: 48,709 new jobs; 7.5 per cent growth
• Truck driver: 113,517 new jobs; 6.7 per cent growth
• Nurse: 135,325 new jobs; five per cent growth
• Engineer: 73,995 new jobs; 4.9 per cent growth
• Accountant: 55,670 new jobs; 4.5 per cent growth
• Mechanic: 53,002 new jobs; 4.1 per cent growth
• Sales representative: 584,792 new jobs added from 2010 to 2013; 3.8 per cent growth.
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