Calling all chefs, butchers, bakers, mechanics and electricians. You are hot on U.S. employers’ hiring lists for the fourth year running.
That’s according to ManpowerGroup’s Talent Shortage Survey, which reported that vacancies for these skilled trades have been the hardest to fill in the U.S. for the fourth straight year. After that come openings for drivers, teachers, sales representatives and a category that includes secretaries, PAs, receptionists, administrative assistants and office-support staff.
Skilled trade workers were also in top demand across the globe, ManpowerGroup said.
But the U.S. stood out in its obvious need for teachers. In India, teaching was the fourth-ranked most-sought-after category. In South Africa, Spain, Norway and Italy, teachers were also in demand, but further down the ranking, at around the ninth spot.
The talent shortage in the U.S. is generally on the wane, while in Asia Pacific, specifically Japan, the search remains tough. Worldwide, the percentage of employers experiencing difficulties filling job vacancies rose to 38% from 36%, reaching the highest level since before the global economic recession began in 2008, according to ManpowerGroup.
Globally, the reasons jobs are not being filled is due to a lack of available applicants, followed by a lack of hard skills, experience and workplace competencies, the report’s authors found. A less pressing reason? Around 13% of employers worldwide say potential workers are asking for too much money, and almost no one is reporting overqualified applicants or reluctance to relocate as an issue.
Here are the top 10 jobs U.S. employers can’t get filled:
10. Skilled Trades
7. Sales Representatives
6. Secretaries, Personal Assistants, Receptionists, Administrative Assistants, & Office Support Staff
5. Management/Executive (Management/Corporate)
2. Accounting & Finance Staff
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