Hard to Find Good Engineers These Days

By April 28, 2008Education and Training

A Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story:

MILWAUKEE — Hampshire Co., a developer of touch-screen technology, has been puzzling since November over how to fill a couple of engineer openings.

Besides the more traditional avenues of career fairs, staffing companies, college recruiting and online want ads, the Brown Deer, Wis., company has been making classroom presentations to engineering student clubs and calling human resources departments that might be laying off engineers.

“I used all of my LinkedIn and Gmail networks,’’ said Carol Crawford, Hampshire’s general manager.

At the Milwaukee School of Engineering, more seniors are weighing multiple job offers and more employers are willing to cross-train the students they hire. The school expects its biggest graduating class in memory next month — 322 new engineers. But it’s not enough.

Engineers top the list of hard-to-fill positions according to a new, global survey released last week by Manpower, Inc., the temp and human resources firm.

Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) released today the results of its third annual talent shortage survey, revealing that 31 percent of employers across the globe are finding it more difficult to fill jobs. The top three candidates most in-demand are: skilled manual trades, sales representatives and technicians (which are technical workers in the areas of production/operations, engineering and maintenance). Manpower surveyed nearly 43,000 employers across 32 countries and territories as a follow-up to its 2007 and 2006 surveys — including for the first time in the Czech Republic, Greece, Guatemala, Poland and Romania — to determine which positions employers are having difficulty filling this year due to lack of available talent.

Manpower’s Top 10 list, and here is the news release accompanying the survey.

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