Skip to comments.So many U.S. manufacturing jobs, so few skilled workers
Posted on 10/12/2011 5:08:06 PM PDT by decimon
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturers are failing to fill thousands of vacant jobs, surprising when 14 million people are searching for work.
Technology giant Siemens Corp., the U.S. arm of Germany's Siemens AG , has over 3,000 jobs open all over the country. More than half require science, technology, engineering and math-related skills.
Other companies report job vacancies that range from six to 200, with some positions open for at least nine months.
Manufacturing is hurt by a dearth of skilled workers.
"What we have been saying for quite a while is that even though there is a high unemployment rate, it's very difficult to find skilled people," said Jeff Owens, president of ATS, a manufacturing consulting services company.
A survey by ManpowerGroup found that a record 52 percent of U.S. employers have difficulty filling critical positions within their organizations -- up from 14 percent in 2010.
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What skills do you require and where do you want them?
We have millions of Mexicans crossing the border and discovering the wonders of indoor plumbing and toilet paper and they say we lack skilled workers?? The shills!
I simply don't believe this report.
If they are not allowed to import skilled foreigners to fill them they will likely move their firms overseas... just saying
I can believe this. My brother’s company has been trying to hire a PHP programmer for ages. The hiring bonus being offered keeps climbing, it’s now $5000, paid after the first 90 days. They’ve had 2 applicants, neither of whom bothered to even show up for their interviews.
Even worse than the lack of skilled workers, I think, is the lack of work ethic. Those few employees with a strong, honest work ethic are worth their weight in gold, but are becomming rarer and rarer.
I agree with you completely. They won’t hire older workers and the younger ones rarely want to do something that might get them dirty.
If there are skilled positions going unfilled then the companies would be willing to take on trainees. They are not taking trainees. So the unfilled positions are bogus. The main spokesperson interviewed in the article is a consultant. The companies are deliberately avoiding hiring permanent positions. They do not want to invest training in employees, for whatever reason. The jobs are left unfilled for other reasons, such as so that the companies can open factories overseas and use the unfilled jobs as an excuse, or justify lobbying for more H1-Bs. The article writer must have the intelligence of a fruit fly. He has no clue.
And people wonder why this country is being flooded with Chinese, Japanese, and Indians all holding their green cards in hand..........All countries who dare to put education ahead of everything else, including football and basketball.
Where does the U.S. rank on the global scale in terms of high school education levels?
This is what happens when you refuse to trainer your employees.
They don’t want human workers. They want robotic DRONES.
They don't NEED no steenkin' skills.....they're in the Union!
Those few employees with a strong, honest work ethic are worth their weight in gold, but are becomming rarer and rarer.
That’s mostly because companies aren’t willing to pay a premium for premium workers.
"Impossible Job Qualifications"? And just what would those qualifications be that only foreign workers have? And if there is a legitimacy to your claim then why don't Americans have those qualifications and who's fault is that?
Just try and hire a setup CNC machinist who can write his own code.
I've come to the conclusion that all anybody under 30 wants for a career is an mediocre office job with an Internet connection so they can Facebook with all the other mediocre people with office jobs.
I’d love to know where these are and requirements too.
Another result of stupid trade policies that were guaranteed to export US manufacturing plants and jobs to cheap labor nations. When the plants and jobs are exported, we lose the skills and the improvements in manufacturing processes and the stream of new, qualified employees who see career opportunities.
Young people have seen far fewer career opportunities in US manufacturing in recent decades, so all the training, education and skills needed for manufacturing will continue to diminish in the US.
And notice the article does not list all the causes of lost manufacturing so popular around here: the EPA, high corporate taxes, OSHA, etc. The overwhelming reason for lost manufacturing is cheap labor, and that has been the case for several decades now.
These companies are relying on bigoted, old-fashioned standards. Instead of insisting on yesterday’s skills like math and engineering, they ought to use this as an opportunity to diversify their workforces with women’s studies, black studies, and queer studies majors. I’m sure that the companies would find them just as capable as computer scientists and the like. /s
Where’s your shop?
The community college here in Sheridan, WY turns out people who can do exactly that and more. People trained in machining from manual machines to CNC machines, and they’re trained to write G/M code directly as well as using MasterCAM/AutoCAD.