Having access to industrial workers with the proper skill sets is essential to maintaining manufacturing efficiency and quick project completion times. Whether industrial companies employ contingent or full-time workers, a streamlined staffing strategy enables them to take on new projects and grow.
With the rise of Industry 4.0, manufacturers require easy access to candidates with new technical skills and expertise that existing workers may lack. Industrial staffing firms can help companies overcome critical recruitment challenges, and place top talent within short timeframes.
The biggest industrial hiring challenges
When it comes to recruiting skilled industrial talent, companies can find it difficult to overcome bias associated with manufacturing work or to compete with other employers vying for similar candidates. When developing an industrial hiring plan, it’s important to keep the following challenges in mind:
The skills gap
An estimated 2.4 million manufacturing positions will be vacant between 2018 and 2028 due to the industry skills gap, according to a 2018 Deloitte and Manufacturing Institute study. Across that decade, 2.69 million jobs will open due to workers retiring another 1.96 million new positions will need to be filled due to industry growth.
The report found it can take an average of 93 days to fill a skilled production position. Leaving these positions unfilled reduces productivity and costs an average of $3,000 per existing employee, or 11 percent of annual manufacturer earnings due to overtime, downtime, and production-cycle time.
Shifting skill set requirements for industrial workers pose another challenge. When asked what skills job applicants are missing most manufacturing executives say a majority of job seekers lack the technical, computer, and problem-solving skills needed to succeed in available roles.
Shifting career preferences
Another challenge with hiring industrial talent is the lack of a talent pipeline. The popularity of manufacturing career's has been on the decline for decades, making it harder to excite students about the field. Many high school students, prefer a traditional college trajectory over opportunities within career and technical education (CTE) fields. While CTE interest has gained traction, a good portion of students will pursue other educational and career paths.
Outdated HR recruitment strategies
Manufacturers can find it challenging to shift their hiring strategies to better attract and retain skilled talent. Traditional methods of reaching out must be updated to include social media, outreach within early education, and other strategies to ensure youth understand the advantages of industrial.
The benefits of receiving industrial staffing services from an agency
In order to overcome common recruitment challenges, manufacturers can leverage industrial staffing solutions from an experienced recruitment agency. With guidance from the agency’s, companies can learn best practices for recruiting and retaining top talent. A staffing firm has the necessary resources and industry knowledge to answer questions a manufacturer might have and to optimize their outreach and recruiting processes.
Hire top industrial talent with Kelly
With Kelly, manufacturers receive:
- A streamlined talent recruitment, screening, and onboarding process
- High-quality, job candidates with the necessary skill sets to succeed
- Reduced time and cost to hire by leveraging innovative talent solutions
- Decades of industry expertise in how to stay competitive amidst shifting hiring environments
Interested in getting personalized hiring assistance to find top manufacturing talent? Kelly can help. Reach out today and one of our staffing experts will analyze your unique hiring goals and explain how we can help you achieve them.