Businesses reported that almost half (48%) of Oregon's job vacancies in 2013 were "difficult to fill," according to a new report from the Oregon Employment Department.
The most common reasons employers cited for difficulty filling positions were:
Lack of qualified candidates (24%)Lack of applicants (23%)Unfavorable working conditions (17%)Low wages (11%)Lack of work experience (9%)
Employers are looking for the right combination of education and experience for unique roles within their companies. This may mean a tougher training challenge than if companies were looking for a large number of employees with essentiallyidentical skills.Employers had a harder time filling positions requiring postsecondary training, but not a college degree.Mid- and high-wage jobs are more challenging to fill than low-wage ones. As wages rise, responses citing a lack of qualified candidates account for a greater share, topping out at more than half of the responses for jobs paying more than $25 per hour.Small employers - those with 2 to 19 employees - had the most difficulty filling positions.Employers in Northwest Oregon and the Willamette Valley, and in Eastern Oregon, had the most difficulty filling jobs. Portland area employers had the least difficulty.
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