Next Year Won’t Be a Cakewalk Either

painNow that we established that 2014 is tougher than 2013, let’s take a look at 2015.

ERE’s State of Recruiting survey suggests that recruiting will only increase in difficulty in 2015.

We asked, “In your opinion, will open jobs be easier or harder to fill next year vs. now”?

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In response, 30 percent said “somewhat harder” and only 11 percent said “somewhat easier.” (Another 53 percent envision it about the same.)

It’s already taking longer to fill jobs (about 22 days, up from about 16 days). Among the fields and industries getting a lot of ink about their supply of labor — or lack of it: manufacturingskilled tradesaerospace and defenseenergy; nursing; home healthcare workers; general practice (not specialist) doctors; as well as “STEM” (science/technology/engineering/math) jobs, though that’s controversial; and construction jobs (though that’s controversial too).


5 Comments on “Next Year Won’t Be a Cakewalk Either

  1. Todd,

    “Another 53 percent envision it about the same…”

    That’s me.


    Have a nice day.


  2. I Agree completely here but in regards to the respected area I support being Oil and Gas in the Gulf Coast. There has been Billions of dollars invested across this area with capital projects and expansions to include dozens of companies. These investments happened almost simultaneously with projected completion dates that span within a year to two apart for the majority of firms. This market has already started to vamp up staff and it will continue to do so which will impact competition for the best talent. I believe the skill shortage is due to the fact
    “There are more population in the generation Y age group than there are Baby Boomers. On the other hand there are 11 million fewer GenX candidates (27 to 47 years old) than there are Baby Boomers. This is why we are seeing shortages of so many mid-management or skilled level candidates; there are simply fewer of them.” This excerpt taking for an article on Fordyce letter found here

  3. Thanks, Todd. It’ll be interesting to see if increasing difficulty in recruiting translates into higher salaries FOR RECRUITERS.


  4. I agree that things are going to get tougher – it is an employee based market, but we are not taking into account the increase in contingent workers. On employer side, as organizations have more difficulty bringing in talent, they are going to move to contractors. The advantage is no benefits and contractors can be used as needed, but at a higher cost. On the employee side, more workers will move to contingent work with the advent of Accountable Care. Many employees will appreciate the freedom that contracting provides and they no longer have to work for benefits.

    So I agree 2015 will be more difficult, but also staffing is going to take on a different flavor.

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