Recruiting Difficulty and Skills Shortages in California


August 31, 2016

These findings examine the current state of jobs and skills among organizations located in California. The results for California are compared with overall U.S. results, and statistically significant differences are highlighted throughout the report. Key findings include:

  • More than two out of three organizations in California (70%) reported recruiting difficulty for full-time regular positions in the last 12 months. The top two reasons were competition from other employers (56%) and lack of sufficient work experience among candidates (52%), whereas lacking of technical skills (41%) came in fourth. In addition, more than one-half of California organizations (58%) reported basic skills or knowledge shortages among job applicants in the last 12 months, and most (84%) had seen applied skills shortages.

  • California organizations (44%) were more likely than organizations nationwide (38%) to require new skills for full-time regular positions in the last 12 months, and more than three-quarters of these California organizations (79%) said it had been difficult to find qualified individuals to fill these positions. The top three new skills required in California were workplace (soft) skills (46%), management/project management/training skills (40%) and computer/web/IT skills (37%).

  • The most common recruiting strategy for California organizations was leveraging social media (67%), yet the most effective strategies were using a recruitment agency (53%) and training existing employees to take on hard-to-fill positions (51%). The latter strategy would likely require a training budget, which two-thirds of California organizations (66%) had over the last 12 months. During that time, 42% of those organizations had seen an increase in their training budget, while 47% said it had remained unchanged.

Download Full Survey Findings: Recruiting Difficulty and Skills Shortages in California (PDF)

Overall U.S. results (including industry-specific information) can be found in The New Talent Landscape: Recruiting Difficulty and Skills Shortages (PDF) research report.

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