According to a new survey from HireRight, the Irvine, Calif.-based provider of employment screening solutions, good workers are indeed hard to find in spite of increased unemployment and a large pool of available workers.
Forty-nine percent of the report’s 1,800 surveyed professionals reported that finding and retaining quality talent was one of their top business challenges. Within the field of talent management, attracting and retaining experienced workers was reported as the number one issue, according to the survey.
“With unemployment numbers topping nine percent, most people assume that every company has their pick of hundreds of qualified workers for every job,” said Rob Pickell, HireRight senior vice president of customer solutions, in a press release announcing the findings. “In reality, employers appear to be experiencing a different phenomenon today. This year’s benchmarking survey results and other third-party reports suggest that many companies are having difficulty in filling critical positions.”
The survey’s findings show that America has a work/skill gap that is contributing to the employment problem, Pickell went on to say.
“While 90 percent of organizations expect no decline in their workforce and 51 percent anticipate an increase in hiring, the obvious challenge is finding the right candidate for the role,” he said.
Here’s hoping those companies looking to increase their hiring will consider all avenues of applicants – including older workers and those who have been unemployed for a long period of time – to help fill those new positions.