Survey: U.S. Talent Shortages Persist in Skilled Trades, Engineers and IT Staff

Milwaukee — May 29

ManpowerGroup has released the results of its annual Talent Shortage Survey, revealing that 49 percent of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their organizations.

According to the more than 1,300 U.S. employers surveyed, the positions that are most difficult to fill include Skilled Trades, Engineers and IT Staff — all of which have appeared on the U.S. list multiple times since the survey began in 2006.

The survey also highlights the most common reasons employers say they are having trouble filling jobs, including lack of available applicants, applicants looking for more pay and lack of experience.

In the United States, the top 10 hardest jobs to fill include:

U.S. Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2012

1. Skilled Trades
2. Engineers
3. IT Staff
4. Sales Representatives
5. Accounting & Finance Staff
6. Drivers
7. Mechanics
8. Nurses
9. Machinists/Machine Operators
10. Teachers

Source: ManpowerGroup