The 10 Jobs Employers Struggle to Fill

This year might be a great time to learn a new trade to expand your job opportunities. Here are the positions employers struggle to fill.

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If you’re looking for a job, consider learning a new skill.

For six consecutive years, skilled trade worker jobs have been the hardest for U.S. employers to fill, according to ManpowerGroup’s latest annual Talent Shortage Survey, released this week.

They’re also the hardest jobs to fill worldwide for the fourth consecutive year.

Skilled trade worker jobs that are particularly in demand include:

  • Bakers
  • Butchers
  • Chefs
  • Electricians
  • Mechanics

ManpowerGroup, a multinational human resources firm headquartered in Milwaukee, polled more than 41,000 employers during the first quarter of this year for the survey.

Manpower North American senior vice president Kip Wright says in a press release:

Talent shortages are real and are not going away…

As the struggle to find the right talent continues, and candidates with in-demand skills get the upper hand, employers will be under pressure to position themselves as “talent destinations” to attract the best workers that will drive their business forward.

For U.S. employers, the hardest positions to fill this year are those of:

  1. Skilled trade workers
  2. Drivers
  3. Teachers
  4. Sales representatives
  5. Secretaries, personal assistants, receptionists, administrative assistants and office support staff
  6. Management/executive
  7. Nurses
  8. Technicians
  9. Accounting and finance staff
  10. Engineers

Several of those jobs are also among the hardest to fill across all 42 countries and territories where ManpowerGroup surveyed employers. The worldwide list includes:

  1. Skilled trade workers
  2. Sales representatives
  3. Engineers
  4. Technicians
  5. Drivers
  6. Management/executives
  7. Accounting and finance staff
  8. Secretaries, personal assistants, administrative assistants and office support staff
  9. IT staff
  10. Production/machine operators

Office professionals were also among the top-paying part-time jobs recently compiled by CBS News, with pay ranging from $20 per hour to $30 per hour.

Accountants and delivery truck drivers were among the best part-time and temp jobs recently compiled by CareerCast, with their median hourly pay around $31 per hour and $13 per hour, respectively.

Employers across the globe told ManpowerGroup they are struggling to fill positions for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Lack of applicants (cited by 33 percent of employers)
  • Lack of experience (19 percent)
  • Lack of technical competencies or hard skills (17 percent).

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