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Subject: Skill Shortages in the USA
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Asked by: machine007-ga
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Posted: 05 Jun 2006 17:08 PDT
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Question ID: 735587
What are the skill shortages in the United States of America (provide
information/statistics in percentages)?
Subject: Re: Skill Shortages in the USA
Answered By: czh-ga on 13 Jun 2006 20:10 PDT
Hello machine007-ga,

Below I?ve provided you with a selection of resources discussing
various aspects of the alleged skills shortages in the US. Although
there are lots of reports, articles and various government initiatives
to deal with the coming labor shortage there also seems to be quite a
bit of controversy and disagreement about the subject. The links I?ve
included will give you an overview of the subject. There may be
additional information available if you?re interested in specific
professions, industries or regions.

Wishing you well for your projects.

~ czh ~
Labor Shortage

2005 Skills Gap Report ? A Survey of the American Manufacturing Workforce

In coordination with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
and the Manufacturing Institute/Center for Workforce Success, Deloitte
Consulting LLP on November 22, 2005, launched The Skills Gap 2005 ? A
Survey of the American Manufacturing Workforce.

The study identifies how manufacturers are managing their workforce to
remain productive and competitive and includes the factors
contributing to the ?skills gap? in the industry. According to the
study, the serious shortage of qualified employees that a vast
majority of U.S. manufacturers are now experiencing is taking an
increasingly negative toll on America?s ability to compete in the
global economy.

The results detail the breadth and depth of the skill shortage, the
negative impact of the shortages on business operations, and the
extraordinary increase in employee performance requirements.

(This is a 32-page report. The tables with the statistics you?re
looking for are on page 12.)

Bureaucratic barriers exacerbate U.S. skills shortages
13 Mar 2006   

As growing skills shortages force many U.S. organisations to look
abroad for talent, bureaucratic barriers are increasingly putting a
halt to their efforts to plug vital gaps.
Half the HR professionals polled for a new survey complain that new
recruits lack basic workplace competencies, forcing many organizations
to look outside the United States to fill skills gaps.

Overall professionalism, analytical skills, business knowledge and
written and verbal communication are the skills that new employees
lack most frequently, according to the findings of the 2006 Access to
Human Capital and Employment Verification Survey, carried out by the
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

More than a quarter of the respondents also said that they were
experiencing shortages of qualified candidates in positions that
require degrees in critical subjects such as science, technology,
engineering and mathematics.

But as a survey of U.S. manufacturers last year found, in some sectors
the problem is far worse. Two-thirds of manufacturers said they had
problems recruiting engineers and scientists while half felt that
their employees lacked problem solving skills.

Skills shortages threaten U.S. manufacturing
23 Nov 2005   

A chronic shortage of qualified employees is making it increasingly
difficult for U.S. manufacturers to compete in the global economy,
according to a new report by the National Association of
Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Consulting.

More than eight out of 10 manufacturers said there were experiencing
an overall shortage of qualified workers that cuts across industry

The pain is most acute on the front line, with nine out of 10 firms
complaining of a moderate to severe shortage of qualified skilled
production employees such as machinists, operators, craft workers,
distributors and technicians.
Engineers and scientists are also in short supply, with two-thirds of
respondents reporting current deficiencies.

Skilled Worker Shortage a Growing Issue for U.S. Companies
Many Employers Hiring Foreign Nationals to Alleviate Skill Shortages: 

In a new survey, half of the human resource (HR) professionals polled
say that new workers lack some competencies, and many organizations
are recruiting skilled workers from outside of the United States
(typically on an H1B visa) to fill skills gaps. These major findings
of the 2006 Access to Human Capital and Employment Verification
Survey, released today by the Society for Human Resource Management
(SHRM), are based on responses from 489 HR professionals.

Respondents cite overall professionalism, analytical skills, business
knowledge and written and verbal communication as the skills that new
employees lack most frequently. More than 25 percent of the
respondents also indicate that there is a shortage of qualified
candidates in positions that require degrees in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics. To address the skills shortage,
organizations are offering undergraduate educational assistance (59
percent), graduate educational assistance (48 percent), job-related
skills training (55 percent) and internships (38 percent).

Understanding and preparing for the coming skills shortage

Skills Shortage Gives Employee Training New Life 	
From The Wall Street Journal Online, May 18, 2005

A critical skills shortage in key production sectors is forcing some
companies to resurrect training programs even as overall job creation
remains lackluster and economic growth slows.

The shortages appear specific to certain industries and specialties.
While skill-strapped companies often blame schools for not providing
proper skills, some executives say outsourcing jobs abroad and
eliminating training programs to cut costs exacerbated the problem.

A major study by the National Association of Manufacturers in 2003
showed that even during the most recent recession, 80% of
manufacturers had a moderate to serious shortage of production
workers, machinists and craftworkers. The group predicts that
manufacturers will need as many as 10 million new skilled workers by
2020, in part to replace the aging boomers who make up a large part of
the 14 million manufacturing jobs today.

Skill Shortages and Mismatches in Nursing Related Health Care Employment
Published April 1, 2002 
Author Nancy M. Pindus, Jane Tilly, Stephanie Weinstein 
Source Urban Institute

Recent projections indicate that it will be nearly 10 years before
demographic changes in the population and the aging of the existing
workforce converge to create a severe shortage of nurses. Therefore,
the country has the time and an opportunity to address the problem and
avert a crisis situation.
This paper reviews current research as well as a selection of
promising practices and concludes that the country needs to adopt a
multi-pronged approach that addresses recruitment, retention, and
training. Policies should seek to retain those already trained in the
profession, attract new entrants to the labor market, and tap into the
pool of workers already employed in health care that, with further
training, can enter the nursing profession.

Skills Shortage Could Mean Growing Pains for Open Source

12/08/04 5:00 AM PT 
In a survey released by Forrester Research, 57 percent of those using
Linux or open-source software said their biggest concern was lack of
support; 36 percent said it was a lack of skills or knowledge. Of the
respondents who weren't using Linux or open-source software, 55
percent tagged lack of skills or knowledge as their biggest concern;
53 percent said it was lack of support.

Business Council Plenary Breakfast Addresses Skill Shortage in Workforce 
June 26, 2000

On Monday, June 12, mayors and members of the Business Council hosted
a breakfast meeting to discuss strategies for addressing the skill
shortage in the workforce today. Providence Mayor Vincent A. Cianci,
Jr., Chair of the Mayors and the Business Community Task Force, kicked
off the meeting by briefly defining the issue. He emphasized that the
skills shortage is not because of a shortage of workers, rather, it is
because available workers are under-skilled or under-educated for
available jobs. Mayor Cianci stated that "it is not enough to create
jobs, but to train people to get those jobs, and ensure that those
jobs pay well for the good of the workers in our cities."

June 13, 2006
Critical Skill Shortages Initiative (CSSI)

As part of a statewide undertaking to strengthen Illinois' system of
workforce and economic development, the Governor's Office and the
Department of Economic Opportunity have announced the need for local
participation in the Critical Skill Shortages Initiative. This is a
test. The Critical Skill Shortages Initiative is designed to align
regional workforce strategies with economic development to provide
qualified workers for critical skill shortage occupations, and will

 -- Identification of skill shortage occupations that provide good
wages and benefits in key sectors;
 -- Examination of both root causes and on-the-job factors that lead to shortages;
Redirection of existing resources implementation of strategies to
address these issues.

Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills And Talent (Hardcover) 
by Ken Dychtwald, Tamara J. Erickson, Robert Morison
  Hardcover: 269 pages 
  Publisher: Harvard Business School Press (April 4, 2006) 
  Language: English 
  ISBN: 1591395216

November 10, 2005
National Data, By Edwin S. Rubenstein
?Skills Shortage??Or Immigration Overreach?

From Gates to Greenspan, business leaders say a mismatch between the
skills of American workers and the needs of employers puts our ability
to compete internationally at risk. And the growing U.S. income
inequality is often blamed on this shortage of skilled workers and a
glut of incompetents.

But University of Wisconsin sociologist Michael J. Handel begs to
disagree. In his new book Worker Skills and Job Requirements: Is There
a Mismatch?, he offers proof that American workers are as competent as
those in other advanced nations.

Native-born Americans are, that is. 


skill shortages us
Subject: Re: Skill Shortages in the USA
From: pademelon-ga on 12 Jun 2006 06:00 PDT
Skill shortages in the USA ?...presidents.

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