Millions of jobs are waiting to be filled, but employers say they can’t find qualified workers because of “the skills gap.” Byron Pitts reports.
Too many American workers lack the specialized skills needed to secure a job, but they can’t gain those skills without a job. This catch-22 has enveloped American employers and job seekers. Even though the unemployment rate stood at 7.8 percent in September, about 600,000 jobs remain unfilled “due to a lack of qualified candidates,” according … Continue reading »
Say “skills gap” to any manufacturer, and invariably they’ll respond with the number 600,000. That’s the gaping hole of unfilled jobs at U.S. manufacturers—for Illinois, estimates point to 30,000 unfilled jobs. The talent shortfall carries serious consequences. In a Manufacturing Institute 2011 skills gap report surveying more than 1,100 U.S. manufacturers, 74 percent of respondents …Continue reading »
Skills Gap – Middle-skill Workers – New England: The Boston Fed calls for Ensuring an Adequate Supply
“The supply of middle-skill workers will be constrained in the future” write Julia Dennett and Alicia Sasser Modestino in The Middle-Skills Gap: Ensuring an Adequate Supply of Skilled Labor in Northern and Southern New England, published by New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on bostonfed.org. Choosen excerpts by JMM … Continue reading»
UK – Vocational Education – Skills Gap: Economic Recovery Depends on Balance Between Academic and Vocational Ed
“Big companies believe the UK’s economic recovery may depend on improving the balance between academic and vocational education” writes James Taylor in We need more investment in practical skills, say employers on managementtoday.co.uk. “87% of the large firms questioned by education services provider Pearson said the UK economic recovery was at risk without more investment … Continue reading »
A skills gap in the UK is driving demand for immigration professionals to source staff from abroad. A focus group study of more than 50 immigration professionals working across the sector commissioned by recruiter JAM revealed that Asia is the most popular talent hunting ground for UK organisations. Skills shortages in the UK are the … Continue reading »