Top 10 List of Occupations Difficult to Fill
- Occupational therapists
- Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
- Speech-language pathologists
- Photographic process workers and processing machine operators
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapy assistants
- Family and general practitioners
- Nurse practitioners
During the past quarter, microbiologists and surgeons moved into the top 10 list of hardest-to-fill positions, displacing merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and physician assistants.
“Demand for staffing and recruiting services continues to grow as labor markets tighten and companies place a higher strategic focus on talent as a key business differentiator,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Partnering with staffing and recruiting firms to develop and implement new and more effective workforce solutions helps companies more successfully source qualified talent and narrow their skills gaps.”
The skills gap index was established by ASA, using a hiring indicator developed by ASA corporate partner CareerBuilder. It measures the level of difficulty (on a scale of one to 100, with lower scores indicating harder to fill) to recruit for a specific occupation based on demand, supply of active candidates, and total population working in it. The ASA Skills Gap Index concentrates on hiring indicator scores of 50 or less for hard-to-fill occupations, with a demand of 2,000 jobs or more. The ASA Skills Gap Index is updated quarterly.
The algorithms used in calculating the hiring indicator values have been adjusted throughout this year.
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