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June 11, 2014
By Kathryn Dill
Skilled workers have always been a commodity. Now, in many professions, they’re a rarity as well.

Each year, human resources consulting group ManpowerGroup releases its Talent Shortage Survey, geared towards determining which professions are struggling the most to find the skilled professionals they need to carry out their business functions, and skilled laborpinpointing the 10 jobs proving hardest to fill with qualified candidates for that year.

“If you look at these past 9 years, what we’re seeing is a story that the talent shortages are persisting,” says Rebekah Kowalski, principle consultant with Right Management, Manpower’s workforce consulting division. “They’re increasingly making it harder for employers to find the right talent they need to serve their businesses.”

Indeed, 45% of employers surveyed this year reported that talent shortages resulted in a reduced ability to serve clients, while 37% reported reduced competition and productivity.

Topping the list for the fifth year in a row is skilled trade workers, a group of professions that have been on the list every year since 2008, and topped it every year since 2010.

“There are not enough people going into the skilled trades to make up with folks that are leaving,” says Kowalski. “It’s an aging workforce.”

The 10 Hardest Jobs To Fill In 2014

  1. Skilled Trade Workers
  2. Restaurant and Hotel Staff
  3. Sales Representatives
  4. Teachers
  5. Drivers
  6. Accounting and Finance Staff
  7. Laborers
  8. IT Staff
  9. Engineers
  10. Nurses


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