Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Studying the Skills Mismatch

Studying the Skills Mismatch
At the end of May, there were more than 10,500 job openings posted on the
Oregon Employment Department's job-listing service (iMatchSkills). At the same time, more than a quarter million people were actively using iMatchSkills to look for work. In other words, there were about 25 job seekers for every job opening.

Yet even with such a high ratio of job seekers to job openings there are positions that remain open for extended periods of time — or are not filled at all!
How can all of these things co-exist? Part of the problem is a skills mismatch.

During the last four years, as the economy stumbled, plummeted, dusted itself off, and then slowly began to recover, job losses and job growth occurred in different industries. For instance, construction employment declined considerably (-37%), while healthcare employment experienced strong growth (9%). This mismatch between industries losing jobs and those gaining jobs means that some unemployed persons don't have the right education, experience, or skills needed to fill the jobs that are currently available.

A plethora of skills required by employers

In addition to the "right skills", employers aren't look
ing for just a couple of those skills; they need workers with a robust set of skills. Employers want to find people who possess all or nearly all of the skills needed for their job openings.

If you would like more in-depth information on the subject, read the full article by Skills Analyst Brooke Jackson-Winegardner (503-947-1263,!

1 comment:

George E. Bourguignon, Jr. Attorney at Law said...

Should a person seek and/or take any job? In other words is the MBA with 15 years of management experience supposed to bag groceries?