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Premium Lock Duke survey: Jobs go unfilled because execs can't find qualified workers

Published: 2015-09-10 07:21:41
Updated: 2015-09-10 07:21:41

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U.S. job openings are at a record 5.8 million, and Duke University says a key reason is employers can't find skilled workers. As a result, they are planning to boost pay. They also continue to push for more foreign workers through high-tech visas. The risks of a workers' skills gap? A less competitive U.S. economy, and relocation overseas if firms can't find workers here, warns a Duke economics professor....

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There are now many highly experienced and skilled individuals out there who can fit into positions, but just need to learn the specifics or uniqueness of that company. You need these individuals to provide balance in your company workforce. Sometimes it is better to hire someone (no matter what their age) that you can train the way you want them to be, rather than a person with years of experience who may not be willing to learn new ways of doing the job. Then there are times that it is better to hire an experienced person which is probably an older person in age but still very productive and is willing to learn. Their years of experience add to a job what years of new or current education can not provide. I say hire a mix of people some with experience and some with little or no experience and then take the time to groom those people and you may be happily surprised what they accomplish. Companies are just lazy to train or groom people like years ago. They also need to pay better.
The problem couldn't possibly be that the job descriptions are unrealistic with regard to experience and expectations, could it? I'm retired and old enough to have seen job descriptions over the years require what I considered unreasonable levels of experience especially when matched to the pay level being offered. Whatever happened to hiring someone with less experience or education and mentoring them to perform the job being advertised? With tight budgets, everyone wants to hire people who they can just drop into the spot and immediately start working. Sorry but reality bites. People like that exist but probably not at the pay level you offer. It's time to start looking at the unpolished gems and working with them to bring out their brilliance.
Either these executives are completely ignorant or lying. I am an US citizen with a Masters degree in Mathematics. I have 6 years of IT experience. Although I have gap in my employment , I have tried to compensate by completing 4 certifications of which two are SAS certifications. I have applied for several entry level positions with no response. The H1B candidates don't have the experience , they learn on the job!!! Nothing is wrong with American schools and Colleges. They are the best! Employer mentality is what needs to change.
What a bunch of made up nonsense. I have sent out over 50 applications for employment that I was qualified for. NO RESPONSE Duke, Wake MED Office of State personnel, Town of Wake Forest, City of Raleigh, City of Durham. You get the idea I could go on but I am STILL UNEMPLOYED! Employers are taking advantage of people and are low balling pay to employees that are looking for work. The idea is to go back to school and take out LOANS to get another degree! What bulls hit!
I am presently employed by one of the Big High Tech firms in RTP and went without a job for 7 months from 2013-14. I have roughly 25 years of experience in IT , Security and Analytics. I sent in over 100 applications to Duke looking for positions which would have paid me half of what I use to make and never heard a peep from them so credibility is lacking there;)

I saw the report last night on the news with Mr. Goodnight and he too mentioned the shortage and said that only NC State was offering a course in Analytiscs which would help his company but that program was full and had a waiting list. Now we all know the weight Mr. Goodnight has, does anybody think if he went to the board of governors or the head of the UNC system he could not drive change in the curriculum's? At the least he could put some of his top people on sabbatical and have them offer the courses.

As others have pointed out I think this comes back to greed(lack of pay) on corporations and Universities.
I am very glad that 100% of the comments about this article reflect my same feelings and experiences. The CEO's are being extremely cheap and selling out our country for cheap foreign labor while refusing to do any training like they used to 20 years ago. I hope the CEO's are reading this and have some kind of loyalty to the country that made them rich. Please keep up the comments. and Shame on You WRAL for continuing to publish your propaganda.
I call BS on this story. I agree with alot of the postings about why companies are having a hard time filling high tech jobs. The main reason is they don't want to pay qualified employees. There are plenty of qualified ppl out here that are looking for a dcent job. Co's want cheap labor so they use the H1B way to find employees. Low salary, no benefits, and long work hrs.
Before I can believe that CEOs and CFOs are unable to find talent for high-skilled jobs, those same CEOs and CFOs will need to stop firing high-skilled workers and replacing them with foreign firms. This desire to remove H1B visa caps is emerging from the desire to pay zero benefits and low wages for high-skill jobs without the burden of dealing with firms that are 10,000 miles and 12 timezones away, nothing more
I have trouble with this - I know of many, many, many qualified workers who have been lay off over the last 10 years who can not find jobs. The problem is not with the workers as much as with the companies. Wages are low, benefits are minimal and companies are no longer willing to train & develop new hires nor are they loyal to the American employees The US is importing a lot of H1B workers or outsourcing to reduce cost. Its really very sad!
Companies should start training their own workers rather than depending on the government to do it for them. By that, I mean train staff to move up in the organization. A systems administrator, for example, could become a network engineer, etc. etc. In return, they would get a lot of loyalty, but I suppose it is easier to blame the schools and society in general and import H1B workers or outsource overseas.
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