The Workforce Board came out with its 2010 Employer Survey last week, which looks into how employers in Washington state are doing when it comes to finding qualified people to hire.
This year’s survey showed a steep decline in the percentage of employers having trouble finding qualified employees. According to the survey, 17 percent of employers had some trouble finding qualified employees in the past year, down from 50 percent in 2007. When asked about the consequence of hiring difficulties, 40 percent of those having difficulty said they didn’t fill a job opening. That translates into 10,900 employers statewide unable to fill a job opening, according to the survey.
The difficulty is finding someone with specific skills for a job. According to the survey, the highest percentage of employers struggled to find job applicants with a vocational certificate needed for the position. In an earlier report, the Workforce Board noted occupational areas such as installation, maintenance, accounting and nursing would see shortages through 2013.
To see the report, click (here).