In a survey of 1,951 businesses, respondents were asked, “Currently, how easy is it for you to recruit and fill positions?”
Only 5 percent said “very easy,” and 26 percent said “somewhat easy.” Nearly half, 45 percent, said “somewhat difficult,” with 20 percent saying “very difficult.”
Compared to previous surveys, fewer businesses say it’s “very difficult” to fill positions, and more say it’s “very” or “somewhat easy,” than a survey done in late 2016.
“Year after year, quarter after quarter, businesses tell us it’s not easy to fill positions and recruit qualified talent,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express.
“On one hand, this is a sign of a tight labor market. And yet, we still have so many people on the sidelines of the job market—people who want a job but have given up on finding one. With that context, these results reflect the fact that we have people who want jobs, but don’t have the skills or experience employers need right now. At Express, we’ve been sounding this alarm for a long time, and we won’t stop. It’s one of the issues that continue to hold the economy back.”
The survey of 1,951 businesses, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, covers hiring trends for the first quarter of 2017. Previous surveys were conducted to cover hiring trends of the quarters indicated.