Soft Skills Trump Others for Employers
The Numbers: While technological skills are critical in today’s employment market, soft skills are what employers are valuing most, per a poll from Cengage. 73% of employers are facing obstacles when trying to find qualified candidates, while 65% of employers cite soft skills at the top of their list.
Substantial Talent Gap Continues in Tech
The Numbers: Per a survey from Modis and General Assembly, 80% of decision-makers in tech stated there is a talent gap impacting their industry. In spite of this, 67% plan on increasing headcount this year – which is a decrease from 2018 at 79%. Of these respondents, 41% stated that ‘finding talent with the appropriate technical skill set needed is somewhat much more difficult’.
The Majority of Workers Would Consider Relocation
The Numbers: 62% of workers would look at relocating for a new position, per a poll by Robert Half. Another poll found that in the past five years, 34% of companies have increased their relocation-package offerings to top candidates while 30% of companies don’t offer any relocation benefits.
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Automation Drives 87% of Headcount Increase
The Numbers: As a result of automation, 87% of employers globally are forecasted to increase or maintain headcount, per ManpowerGroup’s report ‘Humans Wanted: Robots Need You’.
Due to Lack of Skills, Workers Can’t Find Jobs
The Numbers: 54% of Americans can’t find a job they want due to a lack of required skills, per an online Harris Poll by the American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor. Other top reasons they can’t find work are: lack of jobs open in their field (45%), their location has few opportunities (33%), they are looking for a job with flexible working hours (26%), and they stopped looking due to feeling discouraged (24%).
Talent Shortage Increases as Top Emerging Risk
The Numbers: The talent shortage has hurtled past other top risks such as ‘accelerating privacy regulation’ and ‘cloud computing’ to become the highest risk in Q418, per Gartner Inc.’s ‘Emerging Risks Survey. 63% stated that a talent shortage or talent risk was their organization’s major concern. The top industries facing this issue are retail and hospitality, consumer services, industrial and manufacturing, financial services, and the government and nonprofit sectors.
One-Third of U.S. and UK Workers Lack Confidence in Skills
The Numbers: 32% of respondents stated they felt unqualified to perform their assigned work and 33% are concerned that their boss or colleagues agree, per a report from Docebo. 52% feel they have a co-worker who isn’t qualified to perform the duties they are responsible for.
Government Shutdown: Recruiting Opportunity?
The Numbers: The average government worker earns $500 a week and is living paycheck to paycheck. As some restaurants are offering free meals to those workers impacted, some government employees are calling in sick, leveraging crowdfunding or even holding garage sales to make ends meet. As such, folks may be looking for new opportunities. The fastest growing industries are Technology, Engineering & Science, Finance & Insurance, and Energy & Utilities.
Top Paid IT Roles in Low to Mid Six Figures
The Numbers: Chief Information Officers and Chief Technical Officers are the highest-paid roles in technology this year, per a salary guide released by Mondo. Salaries for these roles range from $175,000 to $300,000 this year while Chief Information Security Officer came in second with salaries between $175,000-$275,000.