“The Talent War is Over, and Talent Won” – Dr Tommy Weir
Even with a high number of jobless people in the United States, Mexico and Canada, companies in manufacturing, technology and service sectors report increased difficulty recruiting the right talent.
Recent trends and business demands, as companies fight the cost of learning curves, have increased the recruitment of specialized engineers and technical personnel. In many cases organizations are even looking for technical and engineering backgrounds when recruiting for management positions.
Guilio Desando, human-resources manager for Tata Technologies Ltd., which provides consulting and engineering to the auto and aerospace industries, was recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal expressing how difficult is to find and hire engineers as U.S. automakers hire again in North America. “Everyone is fishing in the same pool for the same talent,” he says.
The Society of Human Resources recently published a survey that indicated that 17.6% of manufacturing companies had difficulty recruiting positions of the “most strategic importance” in the month of May. This number is up from 10.2% from the previous year.
In Mexico, many companies are finding that candidates lack sophisticated skill sets required for the jobs they are trying to recruit for. Some positions require a high level of expertise that is typically achieved through years of experience in a specific field. Years that many engineers don’t have.
The war for talent rages on.