Survey: Harder for Employers to Fill Jobs

Share Article

New survey results from Express Employment Professionals reveal the increasing difficulty that employers face when trying to recruit and fill positions.

News Image
With the unemployment rate declining and more people headed back to work, it’s not so surprising that companies are finding it a little harder to fill open positions,

Express Employment Professionals released today new survey results revealing the increasing difficulty that employers face when trying to recruit and fill positions.

The findings come from a survey of 340 businesses. Respondents were asked, “Currently, how easy is it for you to recruit and fill positions?”

Only three percent said “very easy,” while 29 percent said “somewhat easy.” Almost half, 49 percent, said “somewhat difficult,” 16 percent said “very difficult,” and another three percent said, “I don’t know.”

More respondents said “very difficult” or “somewhat difficult” (65 percent) in this survey than in any of the four hiring trends surveys conducted by Express in 2015. The increase in reported difficulty corresponds with the decrease in the unemployment rate.

“With the unemployment rate declining and more people headed back to work, it’s not so surprising that companies are finding it a little harder to fill open positions,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

“Of course, we still have plenty of people who want jobs—and others who have given up looking altogether. Part of the difficulty has been that the people who want to work may not have the skills that employers need.”

The survey of 340 businesses, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, covers hiring trends for the first quarter of 2016.

If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Sherry Kast at (405) 717-5966.

About Robert A. Funk
Robert A. “Bob” Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has more than 760 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve.

About Express Employment Professionals
Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.02 billion in sales and employed a record 500,002 people in 2015. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Sherry Kast
@ExpressPros
since: 08/2008
Follow >
Visit website