We are living in a moment of great change for the manufacturing and logistics industries—vocational training in schools is decreasing, and workforce is tightening.
Traci Fiatte, President of General Staffing at Randstad says, “The baby boomers are moving out of the workforce and not being replaced.”
I reached out to Ms. Fiatte to discuss these and other emerging trends in the manufacturing and logistics workforce. We discussed confidence levels, the skills gap, unemployment rates, talent recruitment strategies, and the hot jobs for 2015 in the manufacturing and logistics industries.
Bridget Bergin (BB): How would you describe the level of confidence manufacturing employees have in the strength of the economy, the number of jobs available, and their ability to find employment?
Traci Fiatte (TF): The Job Security Index shows that manufacturing and logistics workers’ sense of job security has improved quarter to quarter. 71% of the respondents feel that it is not likely they will lose their job in the next twelve months, which is a 13 point increase over the second quarter.
We have found that employees are more likely than ever to have multiple jobs simultaneously, and there is no shortage of job availability.
BB: The skills gap is a huge concern for many manufacturers. Have you noted trends in education, training, and hiring in the manufacturing sector?
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