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Skilled Workers Hard to Find (11/13/09)

November 13, 2009
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Find out about the ironic dilemma many manufacturers are facing.



As companies throughout the United States continue to eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, many manufacturers are facing an ironic dilemma, reports the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). While they are getting rid of jobs - mainly repetitive, assembly type jobs - they also have unfilled job openings for highly skilled workers.

 

According to a recent survey conducted by Deloitte, The Manufacturing Institute and Oracle, “Almost one-third of responding companies report some level of shortages today.”

 

These skilled-worker shortages are the most evident within “the most profitable companies, aerospace and defense and life science sectors,” and among “skilled production workers, scientists and engineers.”

 

“This is certainly an employer’s market, but not as much with manufacturers,” says Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director and general manager of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

 

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