Saturday, January 30, 2016

Help Wanted

This article is pretty much spot on. For quite some time, I've been saying that we are reaching a point where companies are going to have a very difficult time finding qualified people. We are there, even in a soft economy. As stated in this article, the talent shortage may even be contributing to the slowing economy.

Talent Shortage Making Positions Harder to Fill

January 28, 2016 -

The U.S. leads 12 major markets in unfilled jobs, with more than 25 percent of jobs left open after 60 days, according to ‘Labor Market Outlook 2016: Uncovering the Causes of Global Jobs Mismatch,’ released by Indeed. Germany and Canada followed at roughly 20 percent each.

Many positions aren’t seeing high enough wages to lure workers, and in-demand positions lack qualified applicants, the report found. In most developed economies, wages have remained flat in recent years, an unsettling finding in the current global economic climate.

“The mismatch between employers and job seekers is weighing on productivity, partially explaining a missing spark from the global recovery thus far,” said Indeed chief economist Tara Sinclair. “There is still time for these markets to hire workers and boost growth, but it will take increased wages along with skilled workers taking in-demand roles — two areas that have underperformed throughout the recovery.”

The percent of jobs open on Indeed after 60 days by country is revealing:

1. United States: 25.8 percent
2. Germany: 20 percent
3. Canada: 18.7 percent
4. France: 16 percent
5. United Kingdom: 13 percent
6. Australia: 11.6 percent
7. Japan: 11.1 percent
8. India: 10.2 percent
9. Italy: 9.2 percent
10. Brazil: 7.2 percent
11. Russia: 1.8 percent
12. China: 1.4 percent

Talent shortages can take much of the blame for these positions remaining unfilled. The latest ‘Recruiter Nation Survey’ released by Jobvite found that 56 percent of recruiters cite the lack of available skilled talent as a key stumbling block in hiring. The report also found that 95 percent of recruiters anticipate equal or increased competition for talent over the next year.

ManpowerGroup’s recent ‘Talent Shortage Survey’ found similar results with 32 percent of U.S. employers reporting difficulties filling job vacancies due to talent shortages. Globally, the study found that the percentage of employers experiencing difficulties continues to rise, increasing from 36 percent in 2014 to 38 percent in 2015.

“Talent shortages are real and are not going away,” said Kip Wright, senior vice president for Manpower North America. “Despite impacts to competitiveness and productivity, our research shows fewer employers are trying to solve the problem through better talent strategies.”

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, said Mr. Wright.

The Manpower report asked why companies are struggling to fill certain jobs. Employers said it was due to lack of applicants (33 percent), lack of experience (19 percent), and lack of technical competencies or hard skills (17 percent). Technical competencies employers seek include industry-specific professional qualifications (seven percent) and trade certifications (seven percent).

From a global prospective, Manpower’s report found that hiring managers say the most severe talent shortage is in Japan (83 percent). Around two in three employers report difficulty filling jobs in both Peru (68 percent) and Hong Kong (65 percent), while talent shortages are an issue for 61 percent of employers in both Brazil and Romania.

Hiring times in the U.S., Canada, and in many major European markets and Australia are mushrooming, according to several new research reports. Adding time to the hiring clock is putting hiring plans in disarray, setting talent acquisition professionals off to conduct more of their own search work in an effort to reduce hiring cycle times. Hence the extraordinary growth in-house recruiting programs now underway around the globe, according to reports from Hunt Scanlon Media.

Glassdoor Economic Research, found that the time required for a candidate to progress through the hiring process has increased dramatically. For those candidates in the U.S. and Canada about to embark on a search, the average interview process, now takes about 23 days, up from 13 days in 2010. French job candidates report the longest duration at 32 days, followed by Germany at 29 days, the U.K. at 28 days, and Australia at 27 days. Glassdoor’s research reveals that hiring times in the U.S., Canada, and in many major European markets and Australia are growing as employer screening methods — including background checks, drug tests, and skills & personality assessments — are rising.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief, Hunt Scanlon Media

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The End Is Near

In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the “wussification” of the American male. Frankly, I haven’t thought much about it because I don’t want to think much about it. When I do think about it, I have to admit that we guys aren’t what we used to be. Some of that is probably a good thing. It’s okay to express your feelings. If guys want to dress better and pay more attention to their appearance that doesn’t necessarily make them “soft”. And if a man wants to stay home and raise the kids while the wife goes off to work, good for him. Gary Cooper, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood are ancient history.

But, now we have Dude Wipes. I had no clue about Dude Wipes until this week when my wife, with a straight face, announced that she had received an email coupon for Dude Wipes and inquired as to if I might want to give them a try. I had been talking about the need to replace the windshield wipers on my pick-up, so I thought she was referring to some newfangled windshield wiper. Then she showed me the email. It became immediately clear that Dude Wipes are not designed to wipe a Dude’s windshield.

As it turns out, Dude Wipes have been on the market for a couple of years and even got money on Shark Tank. I seldom watch Shark Tank, so I missed it there. I haven’t been shopping for wipes of any sort and have been perfectly happy with the toilet paper we buy in bulk at Sam’s. So Dude Wipes have not been on my radar. And apparently none of my web-surfing activities identified me as a target for a Dude Wipes e-coupon or other marketing messages . (Which I find quite encouraging but it does make me wonder what my wife has been Googling lately.)

Bottom-line (pun intended) is that Dude Wipes are probably a good idea and a product whose time has come, at least for some people. My wife has younger women friends who tell her that they don’t even use the same bathroom as their husbands. So I’m guessing that when it comes time to do the laundry their husband’s underwear are untouchables. If a dude wants the wife to wash those tighty-whities, I guess he better keep them as white as possible. And if an old dude’s wife ask him if he might want to give Dude Wipes a try, maybe she’s trying to tell him something.