The New Talent Landscape: Recruiting Difficulty and Skills Shortages


June 21, 2016

This report examines recruiting difficulty and skills shortages in the U.S. as well as recruiting and training strategies organizations use to address these challenges. Data are reported by organization size and industry, and each section of the report includes an expert view or a case study. Key findings include:

  • 68% of HR professionals across industries report challenging recruiting conditions in the current talent market.
  • One-half of organizations cite factors such as a low number of applicants (51%), lack of the needed work experience among candidates (50%) and competition from other employers (49%) as reasons for difficulty finding candidates for their open positions.
  • 84% of HR professionals report seeing applied skills shortages in job applicants over the last 12 months.
  • 70% of organizations leverage social media as a recruiting strategy.

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