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Skills Gap in UK – 91% of the surveyed organisations struggled to find workers with the right skills over the past 12 months

The Open University Business Barometer investigates the extent and nature of the skills shortage in the UK, and the e ect it is having on organisations of all sizes. The data presented within the report have been collated from 950 senior business leaders in organisations of all sizes across the UK between 8 and 25 … Continue reading

Truck Drivers in US – Motor carriers struggle to find enough qualified drivers

Over the past 15 years, the trucking industry has periodically struggled with a shortage of truck drivers. The first shortage during this period was documented in a 2005 report. At that time, the shortage was roughly 20,000. During the last recession starting in 2008, the driver shortage was eliminated as industry volumes plummeted, resulting in … Continue reading

EU – Top 5 mismatch priority occupations: shortages

Mismatch priority occupations (MPOs) are those for which a critical shortage, or surplus, has important implications for the national economy (including strategic sectors) and for education and training. Cedefop uses a range of indicators (1) that uncover skill mismatches in the labour market; these are combined with qualitative insights from national experts. MPOs for each … Continue reading

Canada – Skills shortages have developed in certain fields and regions in recent years OECD finds

Skills shortages have developed in certain fields and regions in recent years. Earnings premiums for people in some professions, notably health, engineering and skilled trades have increased. And vacancy rates have risen for skilled trades, with the increase being particularly large in Alberta and Saskatchewan. While reforms have been implemented to strengthen adjustment so as … Continue reading

Canada / Federal budget to target mismatches

Fixing labour shortages and enhancing the skills of workers will be the centrepieces of next week’s federal budget. But the government also recognizes that serious progress on matching skills with job openings will require close co-operation with provincial governments and the private sector. Businesses say labour shortages are also a top concern, and they want … Continue reading

Pilots | Airlines Face Acute Shortage Writes WSJ

U.S. airlines are facing what threatens to be their most serious pilot shortage since the 1960s, with higher experience requirements for new hires about to take hold just as the industry braces for a wave of retirements. Federal mandates taking effect next summer will require all newly hired pilots to have at least 1,500 hours … 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  Choosen excerpts by JMM  … Continue reading

Skills Gap – There won’t be enough A & P (airframe and propulsion) licensed mechanics for an Airbus Assembly plant when in Mobile

That’s the word from companies that specialize in recruiting and hiring skilled workers for several industries, including the marine and airbus 380 in Vancouver (Photo credit: Cyprien) aviation industries. Bud Collins owns Eagle Marine Services in Irvington.  He’s been placing skilled workers in marine jobs for 17 years, including ship building sites like Newport News, … Continue reading

Mining in Sudbury | From an employer market to a worker market

Jeff Lafortune teaches in the civil and mining engineering technologist program at College Boreal he graduated from 15 years ago. In that decade and a half, he has seen a tremendous demand build for skilled mining employees. “When I graduated, there was one company in town … and there were 15 of us wanting that … Continue reading

Irish could fill up to 80,000 construction jobs in Canada – The Irish Times – Mon, Feb 27, 2012

UP TO 80,000 jobs in British Columbia could be filled by Irish construction workers, according to a delegation from western Canada which is visiting Ireland this week. Manley MacLachlan, president of the British Columbia Construction Association, which represents over 2,000 companies, said yesterday there was “a world of opportunities” for suitable workers in the western … Continue reading

Wanted: Engineers and Web developers to staff D.C. upstarts – The Washington Post

Members of the Washington region’s start-up community gather each month and meeting co-organizer Peter Corbett almost always asks the same question: How many of you are looking to hire? Without fail, dozens, if not hundreds, of hands fly into the air. Like so many of their counterparts around the country, the region’s up-and-coming technology companies … Continue reading

The Canadian Skills Shortage: Keeping Tradespeople Employed for the Foreseeable Future – MarketWatch

The current challenge of all major industrial manufacturers in Canada is the shortage of skilled workers with the right experience. Research conducted by the Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress, (CSTEC) underscores this challenge in the broader Steel Sector. With a very high value-add per employee, when compared to the rest of manufacturing, the broader … Continue reading

Manufacturing | Skills Gap | No evidence that this is a common problem

There is a growing chorus of sophisticated types telling the country that we could have millions more jobs in manufacturing, if only we had qualified workers. This claim has the interesting feature that it places responsibility for the lack of jobs on workers, not on the people who get paid to manage the economy (e.g. … Continue reading

As Influx of Business Data Grows, Hiring Demand Reflects Need for Analytical Skills – Press Release – Digital Journal

During January 2012, more than 18,000 job ads were posted online that required data analysis skills, according to WANTED Analytics™ (, the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. With the amount of data generated by businesses growing every year, hiring demand for employees to analyze and utilize this information is increasing … Continue reading

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