SALEM, Ore. - More than two-fifths (44 percent) of Oregon's job vacancies in fall 2012 were reported by employers as "difficult to fill," according to a new report from the Oregon Employment Department.
Major findings about Oregon's difficult-to-fill job vacancies include:
--Difficult-to-fill vacancies are more likely to require education beyond high school and much more likely to require previous work experience.
--Difficult-to-fill vacancies offer higher wages on average than vacancies that weren't reported as difficult to fill.
--The most common reasons employers cited for difficulty filling positions were:
-Unfavorable working conditions (18%)
-Lack of qualified candidates (18%)
-Lack of applicants (14%)
-Lack of work experience (13%)
--Employers are looking for the "right" combination of education and experience for unique roles within their companies. This may provide a more difficult training challenge than if companies were looking for a large number of employees with essentially identical skills.
--The education levels for which employers had the most difficulty were positions requiring associate degrees and positions requiring graduate degrees.
--Health care had by far the most vacancies reported as difficult to fill. Manufacturing and trade, transportation and utilities were also more likely to have difficulty filling vacancies.
Top Difficult-to-Fill Occupations, Fall 2012
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
The full PDF report, Two-Fifths of Oregon's Job Vacancies are Difficult to Fill, is available at QualityInfo.org.